Gull Bay First Nation
Gull Bay First Nation or Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gayaashki-zaagiing Anishinaabeg in the Fiero orthography) is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) First Nation located in Thunder Bay District in northwestern Ontario, Canada. It is approximately 175 kilometres (109 mi) north of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Highway 527 on the western shore of Lake Nipigon. As of May 2010, the First Nation had a registered population of 1,149 people, including an on-Reserve population of 328.
The First Nation elect their officials through the Act Electoral System consisting of a Chief and eleven councillors, however in 2012, it was narrowed down to ten council members, with the passing of a council member. The current Chief is Wilfred King, whose two year term began on January 12, 2013. The current councillors are Louis Bizard, Anthony Esquega, Brian King, Gwendoline King, Hugh King, Kenny King, Kevin King, Wayne King, Hector Murchinson, Roland Poile, Lawrence Shonias Sr, and Marcel Shonias.
As a signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek is a member of the Nokiiwin Tribal Council, a Regional Chiefs Council, and the Union of Ontario Indians, a Political Territorial Organization that represents many of the Anishinaabe First Nation governments in Ontario located about Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
The Gull Bay First Nation has reserved for itself the 3,940 hectares (9,700 acres) Gull River 55 Indian Reserve. The community of Gull Bay is located on this reserve.
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