Wasagamack First Nation
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Wasagamack or Wasaagomach is an Oji-Cree First Nation in Manitoba, Canada. The First Nation is located about 600 km (370 mi) north of Winnipeg. The population in 2001 was 1,122 of which 1,105 were of First Nations ancestry. As of November, 2011, registered population was 1,881, of which 1,706 lived on their own reserve.
Historically, the peoples of Wasagamack were part of the Island Lake Band of "Cree", which also included nearby First Nations of Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point and Red Sucker Lake. They are a signatory to the 1909 adhesion to Treaty 5.
The First Nation have resevered for themselves three Indian Reserves:
- 472 hectares (1,170 acres) Feather Rapids Indian Reserve, located on the north shore of Pelican Lake,
- 414.80 hectares (1,025.0 acres) Naytawunkank Indian Reserve, located on the south shore of Bigstone Lake, and
- 7,446.20 hectares (18,400.0 acres) Wasagamack Indian Reserve, located on the west shore of Island Lake, and containing their main community of Wasagamack ( ). The St. Theresa Point First Nation lies just to the south of this reserve.
The First Nation elect their officials through the Custom Electoral System. Their council consists of Alex McDougall as Chief and Councillors Martin Harper, Thomas Harper, Violet Harper, Ian Knott, James Knott and Joseph McDougall. Their two-year term ends on 02/10/2013.
The First Nation maintains political affiliations are with the Island Lake Tribal Council (ILTC), Manitoba Keewatinohk Okimahkanak (MKO), Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
The Wasagamack First Nation administers the following programs:
- aboriginal healing foundation
- airport project
- capital projects
- community outreach program
- economic development
- operations and maintenance
- sanitation services
- social assistance
- television and radio broadcasting
- water and sewage services
- youth services
Educational services are administered by the Wasagamack Education Authority. The education authority oversees the everyday operation of the local school and manages other programs such as adult education program and other post-secondary funding services.
- George Knott School—nursery to grade twelve. There are over 500 students enrolled. There is one main building and several portable classrooms.
- Maurice "Nu-puck" Wood—School teacher
- J.J. Harper former Chief of Wasagamack and current head of the Island Lake Tribal Council. Link to J.J. Harper indicates that Mr. Harper is deceased.