Getting to know the Kee-Way-Win First Nation Community NW Ontario

Getting To Know the First Nation Community of Kee-way-win NW Ontario

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This Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation community known as Keewaywin, is located in northwestern Ontario. It is an isolated community. The population is 424 according to the 2011 census. That does not include the Keewaywin citizens who live in white communities.

From Wikipedia

Keewaywin is a small Oji-Cree community in Northern Ontario, located north of Red Lake, Ontario. It is connected to Sandy Lake First Nation by Sandy Lake. It is part of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council (Northern Chiefs) and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Sandy Lake First Nation Band members separated from Sandy Lake First Nation[1] to form Keewaywin First Nation.[2]

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

Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council (Oji-Cree:ᑮᐌᑎᓅᐠ ᐅᑭᒫᐦᑳᓇᐠ (Giiwedinoog Ogimaakaanag), unpointed ᑭᐌᑎᓄᐠ ᐅᑭᒪᑲᓇᐠ, which means “Northern Chiefs”) is a non-political Chiefs Council in northwestern OntarioCanada, serving its six member-First Nations. The council was organized in November, 1991.

The organization is directed by the Chiefs of the member First Nations who form the Board of Directors. Like many of the regional tribal councils in northwestern Ontario, Keewaytinook Okimakanak is a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Member First Nations[edit]

Keewaywin Airport, (IATA: KEW, TC LID: CPV8), is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) southwest of the First Nations community of Keewaywin, Ontario, Canada.

Keewaywin Band Office

Box 90

Keewaywin, Ontario

P0V 3G0

Phone: (807) 771-1210

Fax: (807) 771-1053

Toll Free: 1 866 437-9505


Tribal Council: Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs
Provincial Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)
Treaty #9


Location: Church and Community School

Located on the south shore of Sandy Lake, 580km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Keewaywin First Nation is home to approximately 380 individuals. Like most remote communities, Keewaywin has been completely dependent upon diesel fuel to generate power for the local electricity grid. This reliance resulted in the community producing approximately 2,747 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Of that total, about 72% of the carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generation. Given the community’s growing electricity demands and a desire to curtail harmful emissions linked to electricity production, Keewaywin First Nation embarked on a plan to add photovoltaic electricity production to its local electricity grid.


Chief Chris Kakegamic selected the community church for one 10kW photovoltaic (PV) system and the local school for another 10kW PV system. The systems will produce an estimated 26.5MWh of electricity per year, and any electricity produced in excess of the church and school’s demand will flow into the community’s electricity grid for use by other buildings. This PV project had a positive impact on the local economy as three community members were employed as part of the installation team; these same three individuals were also trained to handle future system maintenance requirements.


The two 10kW systems are a first step towards reducing Keewaywin’s reliance upon diesel fuel. A microgrid slated for construction in 2017 will further assist the community with energy independence.

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