Rankin Location Indian Reserve No. 15D

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Rankin Location Indian Reserve No. 15D is located in Ontario
Rankin Location Indian Reserve No. 15D
Location of Rankin Location 15D in Ontario

Rankin Location 15D is one of four reserves of the Batchewana band of Ojibwe First Nations reserve in Algoma District in northeastern Ontario, Canada. It is bounded on the north, west and south by the city of Sault Ste. Marie, and on the east by Garden River First Nations reserve of another Ojibwe people. As of 2005, a total of 2205 people were registered to the Nation; about half live on the reserves and many others live in Sault Ste. Marie.

At 3,733 acres, Rankin is the largest of four reserves for the Batchewana band First Nation, whose traditional territory ran north from Sault Ste. Marie (known in Anishinaabe as Bahatwing), along the Lake Superior coastline. Their total amount of land in reserves is 2,241 hectares (5538 acres). The other reserves include Whitefish Island in the Ste. Mary's River, Obadjiwon at Batchawana Bay, and at Goulais Bay. None of these areas are reserves under the 1850 Treaty by which they ceded their land to the Crown; they later vacated those lands.[1]

The Nation purchased the Rankin property in 1939, trying to regain some of its historic territory. It was added into the reserve system in 1952 by government approval.[1] The Nation has also maintained historic hunting and fishing rights under the Treaty. This was affirmed in the Gargantua Harbour Trial, with a ruling in 2015 in favor of the Batchawana Band First Nation being allowed to continue commercial fishing and have access to a traditional village through Lake Superior Provincial Park.[2]

Rankin Reserve
Entering the reserve 
Reserve healing place 


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Coordinates: 46°34′03″N 84°14′55″W / 46.56750°N 84.24861°W / 46.56750; -84.24861