Webequie First Nation
Webequie First Nation (pronounced Webekway) is located on the northern peninsula of Eastwood Island on Winisk Lake, 540 km (336 mi) north of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Webequie is a fly-in community with no summer road access. The primary way into the community is by air to Webequie Airport or winter road, which connects to the Northern Ontario Resource Trail. The First Nation have the 34,279 ha Webequie Indian Reserve. The Webequie or Webiqui Indian Settlement also have reserve status. Webequie First Nation is a member of the Matawa First Nations, a Regional Chiefs' Council and a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
The registered population of Webequie was 714 persons in September of 2007, of which the on-reserve population was 253. The reserve is entirely surrounded by territory of the Unorganized Kenora District.
When the Treaties were created between the Canadian government and the Aboriginal people of Canada, Webequie was mistakenly listed as part of the community of Fort Hope. They lived under this error until May 1985, when they were recognized as a distinct band. Despite this, the people of Webequie had to fight until February 15, 2001, to achieve full reserve status.
The name "Webequie" comes from the Anishinini word webikwe meaning "shaking Head."
- Webequie First Nation's official website
- AANDC profile
- Aboriginal Canada Portal profile of the First Nation
- Map of Webequie at Statcan
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