Bearskin Lake First Nation

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Bearskin Lake
Indian reserve
Bearskin Lake Indian Reserve
Aerial view of Bearskin Lake First Nation on Michikan Lake
Aerial view of Bearskin Lake First Nation on Michikan Lake
Bearskin Lake is located in Ontario
Bearskin Lake
Bearskin Lake
Coordinates: 53°54′N 90°57′W / 53.900°N 90.950°W / 53.900; -90.950Coordinates: 53°54′N 90°57′W / 53.900°N 90.950°W / 53.900; -90.950
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Kenora
Nation Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Tribal council Windigo First Nations Council
 • Land 125.78 km2 (48.56 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 459

Bearskin Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree First Nation in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in the Kenora District 425 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. Bearskin First Nation's total registered population in March, 2014, was 900, of which their on-reserve population was 461.

Three settlements make up the Bearskin Lake First Nation. Originally located on Bearskin Lake, their main community moved to its present site on Michikan (Fish Trap) Lake in the 1930s. Their main settlement, located on Michikan Lake is accessible only by air or winter road. The main village is situated on the west shore of the lake and all three communities are tied to one another by all weather gravel roads. The First Nation still retains the 12,626.3 ha Bearskin Lake Indian Reserve.

Prior to achieving full Band and reserve status in 1975, Bearskin was a satellite community of the Big Trout Lake First Nation. Today, Bearskin Lake First Nation is a member of the Windigo First Nations Council, a regional tribal council that is a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

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


Bearskin First Nation is governed by Chief Rosemary McKay and her Deputy Chief Leonard "Wayne" Brown; their 3-year term began on April 1, 2014. In addition, the First Nation's Council is four councillors: George Chapman, Cecilia Fiddler, George Kamenawatamin, and Roderick Kamenawatamin.

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  1. ^ a b "Bearskin Lake census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2015-05-20.