M'Chigeeng First Nation

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M'Chigeeng, Ontario

M'Chigeeng First Nation, also known as West Bay, is an Ojibwe First Nation in the Manitoulin District of Ontario, Canada. Total registered population as of September, 2007, was 2251 people, of which their on-reserve population was 882. The First Nation have reserved for themselves the 3094.7 ha M'Chigeeng 22 Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island.


M'Chigeeng First Nation leadership are elected on a two-year term. Currently, the First Nation is governed by Chief Joseph Hare and 10 Councillors: Brian Bisson, Charles Beaudin, Derek Debassige, Gerald Ense, Robert Beaudin, Hazel Recollet, G'mewin Migwans, Kevin Eshkawkagan, Victor Migwans and Henry Panamick. The First Nation is a member of the United Chiefs & Councils of Manitoulin Island, a regional tribal Chiefs' council.


On February 11, 2010, Anong Migwans Beam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated applied to the CRTC for a new English and aboriginal-language Type B Native FM radio programming low-power FM radio station in M’Chigeeng. The applicant proposes a format completely devoted to the recovery and sustainment of the Ojibwe language. Programming would include educational and music programs.[1] The station began broadcasting late in the summer of 2010 and is known as CHYF-FM.


M'Chigeeng, Ontario
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M'Chigeeng, Ontario


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Coordinates: 45°49′39.25″N 82°09′40.5″W / 45.8275694°N 82.161250°W / 45.8275694; -82.161250