Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation

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Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation is an Ojibwe or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation located in Kenora District, Ontario near Nestor Falls, Ontario. Improperly, they are occasionally referred to as the "Crow Lake First Nation" due to their proximity to Kakagi Lake, which is also known as Crow Lake—"Kakagi" (from gaagaagi in the Ojibwe language) means "raven", mistakenly translated as crow (Pocket Ojibwe, by Patricia Ningewance, p. 213). Together with the Big Grassy First Nation, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation is a successor apparent to the former Assabaska Band of Saulteaux. Total registered population in February, 2012, was 737, of which the on-reserve population was 445. The First Nation is a member of the Anishinabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council, a regional tribal council that is a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3.


The First Nation has for itself six reserves:

  • 777 hectares (1,920 acres) Sabaskong Bay 35C,
  • 504 hectares (1,250 acres) Sabaskong Bay 35D, which serves as their main reserve,
  • 518 hectares (1,280 acres) Sabaskong Bay 35F,
  • 260 hectares (640 acres) Sabaskong Bay 35H,
  • 1,098 hectares (2,710 acres) Assabaska, which is shared with Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and
  • 379 hectares (940 acres) Agency 30, which is shared with 12 other First Nations.


Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation is governed by Chief Norman Copenace and five Councillors: Gus Copenace, Frederic Kelly, Gene Kelly, James Kelly and Cindy Shebagegit. Their elected two-year term ends on 08/04/2013.


Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution co-founded by the ten bands in the Rainy Lake Tribal area in 1985. The ten bands are: Big Grassy, Big Island, Couchiching, Lac La Croix, Naicatchewenin, Nicickousemenecaning, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River and Mitaanjigaming. Each of the ten bands appointed one member to a Board of Directors of Seven Generations Education Institute, which functions with the leadership of the Executive Director.

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Coordinates: 49°10′37″N 93°55′16″W / 49.17694°N 93.92111°W / 49.17694; -93.92111