PO Box 57
Kingfisher Lake, Ontario
(807) 532-2067 phone
(807) 532-2063 fax
Chief & Council
The Aboriginal homeland
which surrounds the present reserve site of the Kingfisher Lake First Nation
has ways been utilized and carefully preserved by local first nations people
as their personal heritage. The rights to culture, fishing, gathering, hunting,
language and trapping were granted to the first nations people by the great
creator. Thus, as the original stewards of the lands in which their ancestors
lived, the current residents treat this responsibility with great care and
In 1808 the Hudson's Bay Company established an outpost at Big Beaver House,
which is located approximentely 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 and participate in the siging of the adhesion to Treaty
Number 9. As the result of this document, Kingfisher Lake was consider
a part of Big Trout Lake Band.
In 1947 the Ontario
Government enacted the trapline registration and fee program which eventually
forced the Kingfisher Lake people to outline their ancestral hunting areas
into trapping boundries 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.
Kingfisher Lake band along with several other neighbouring first nations
agreed to form the Shibogama First Nation Council through a legal corporation
Kingfisher Lake is situated within the Sioux Lookout administrative district.
Latitude 53 5'N
Longitude 89 49'W
350 km Northeast of Sioux Lookout
40 km West of Wunnumin Lake
The current population figurs of the first nation is 411 residents.
The predominant travel mode to this community is through air transportation,
however, on seasonal basis one can access this reserve using winter trails,
winter road and waterwys. Kingfisher Lake can not be accessed through
provincial highway, nor is there any roads connections with nerby reserve.
Kingfisher Lake is surrounded by large variety of wildlife, aquatic life,
vegetation and certain mineral deposits. These natural resources have
benefited the first nation people both personally and commercially.
At the moment there is no major development of any mineral deposits in
The local weather is generally affected by the air masses and eather systems
that originate over the large land mass to the west, north, and south. Mean
temperatures are -25c to -20c (winter) and 11c to 18c (summer).
The first language of Kingfisher Lake is termed Oji-cree, which is a mixture of cree and ojibway.
Developments have been established to ensure that the native language is
retained. More then half of the community are able to communicate in english