Getting to know the First Nation community of Kingfisher Lake, Ontario

Getting to know the First Nation community of Kingfisher Lake, Ontario. Kingfisher First Nation (Oji-Cree language: (Giishkimanisiiwaaboong, “At Kingfisher-waters”);

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Kingfisher First Nation (Oji-Cree language: (Giishkimanisiiwaaboong, “At Kingfisher-waters”); is an Oji-Cree First Nation located 350 kilometres (220 mi) north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. It is accessible by air all year round, waterways during summer and ice roads in winter. As of December, 2009, the First Nation had a total registered population of 500 people, of which their on-Reserve population was 462. The community speaks the Oji-Cree language, with majority of the population being fluent in English as well.


Kingfisher Lake is policed by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, an Aboriginal based service.


In 1808 the Hudson’s Bay Company established an outpost at Big Beaver House, which is located approximately 12 kilometres southwest of the present Kingfisher Lake reserve. Big Beaver House was frequented by Kingfisher Lake people for trading fur, community activity and freight hauling employment.


During 1929-1930 the leaders of Kingfisher Lake First Nation were required to gather at Big Trout Lake to participate in the signing of the adhesion to Treaty 9. As the result of this document, Kingfisher Lake was considered a part of Big Trout Lake Band.

In 1947, Ontario enacted the Trapline Registration and Fee Program which eventually forced the Kingfisher Lake people to outline their ancestral hunting areas into trapping boundaries and also to pay for the land use requirements.


In 1964 the leaders of Kingfisher Lake decide to establish permanent community and moved to the current location of the reserve lands. As Kingfisher Lake was already included in the Big Trout Lake Band and thus had reserve status, formality of gaining band status was achieved in 1975.


In 2011, many of the residents were temporarily housed in Ottawa due to forest fires in the surrounding area.


Aerial view of Kingfisher Lake, with the community of Kingfisher Lake in bottom left.

The officials of Kingfisher First Nation are elected for a two-year term through the Custom Electoral System.


The First Nation is part of the Shibogama First Nations Council, a Regional Chiefs Council, and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a Tribal Political Organization representing majority of the First Nations in northern Ontario.

The First Nation have reserved three tracts for their Indian Reserve:

596 hectares (1,470 acres) Kingfisher Lake Indian Reserve 1, which serves as their main Reserve, containing the community of Kingfisher Lake, Ontario.

5,444.7 hectares (13,454 acres) Kingfisher Indian Reserve 2A

921.9 hectares (2,278 acres) Kingfisher Indian Reserve 3A

Video List of Kingfisher Lake, First Nation in NW Ontario also known as Giishkimanisiiwaaboong, “At Kingfisher-waters”  in Oji-Cree.

Kingfisher Lake evacuees  (3:00) 2/15/13

Student artwork 2009  (3:21)

A video about Kingfisher Lake, a VBS. Lots of pics of people. Great intro with Bible verses (6:49)

Sandy Lake VS Kingfisher Lake hockey game. Lot’s of enthusiasm. 2009 (3:22)

Video of an evacuee 2-2013. He says some things that show how hard it is to be transplanted into a southern community. (2:14)

Kingfisher Lake Christmas greetings to pen pals in another FN community.  2012 (5:30)

Baseball Tournament at Kingfisher Lake 2014 (4:27)

A Pentecostal Church band and prayer line  2010 (6:59)

Kingfisher Lake Canadian Ranger Patrol Opening (2010) (5:07)

People singing Silent Night in Oji-cree and English at Mission house 2010 (5:10)

Kingfisher Ladies jigging (2007) (1 min)

Country Christian band in Kingfisher Lake First Nation – Zeb Bighead. Notice the huge space left for dancing. 2014 (7:32)

Technology build the bridge to the north 100 Huntly.  Good info video on the community. 2011 (7:26)

Catholic Church kids and leaders singing silent night 2010 (4:46)

Education video 10 min 100 Huntley street.  2011

another map with location arial view of lakes around it bandoffice and symbol








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