Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation
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|Muskrat Dam Lake|
|Muskrat Dam Lake Indian Reserve|
|First Nation||Muskrat Dam Lake|
|• Land||27.4 km2 (10.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||10.3/km2 (27/sq mi)|
The Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree First Nation band government in Northern Ontario. They reside on the 1,939.7 hectares (4,793.1 acres) Muskrat Dam Lake reserve, located on Muskrat Dam Lake in the Kenora District. The community of Muskrat Dam, Ontario, is located on this reserve. In June 2008, their total registered population was 387 people, of which their on-reserve population was around 195.
The reserve's primary transportation link is the Muskrat Dam Airport.
The Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation is part of the 1929-30 Adhesion to the James Bay Treaty of 1905 - Treaty 9.
The Muskrat Dam people have historical links to the people of Bearskin Lake, and several families have relocated from Bearskin Lake to Muskrat Dam Lake. The families that relocated to Muskrat Dam were that of Tommy and Victoria Beardy, who were joined by Jeremiah and Juliet Duncan, Moses and Eunice Fiddler, Jake and Esther Beardy and Roderick and Effie Fiddler. Later, Fiddlers' son Billy and Moses Fiddler's mother Nainee also joined the little settlement.
Due to abundance of natural resources in the area, the small community started living off the land: fishing, hunting, trapping and logging. Weagamow Lake, Ontario helped them start a sawmill operation, as well as to fly in tools, gas and grocery supplies.
Until it officially gained reserve status in 1976, Muskrat Dam was a satellite community of the Big Trout Lake.
The current elected leadership of the council consists of Chief Stan Beardy. Official Name Muskrat Dam Lake Number213
Membership Authority Section 11 Band
- Election Type: Custom Electoral System
- Council Quorum: unknown
- First Nation Officials (Term: September 15, 2015 to July 31, 2017)
- Chief Stanley Beardy BEARDY
- Deputy Chief Roy Fiddler
- Councillor Charlie Beardy
- Councillor Olivia Duncan
- Councillor John Morris
- Note: Election System - The type of system used by a First Nation in the selection of its chief and councillors (can be either under the Indian Act election system, the First Nations Elections Act, a custom system, or under the provisions of a self-governing agreement).
The First Nation is part of the [Independent First Nations Alliance] of the [Nishnawbe Aski Nation].
On September, 11 2015 that Muskrat Dam Election committee held a nomination meeting, with the majority of the 14 people in attendance voting to bar candidates who had previously resigned from seeking re-election. Three days later former Ontario regional chief Stan Beardy was declared the new chief by acclamation.
Reserve Recuperates Stan Beardy, who was later confirmed as the reserve's rightful chief by a federal court, said an internal investigation has found that the fly-in community of 300 Oji-Cree owes about $5 million.
Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation
P.O. Box 140
Muskrat Dam, ON P0V 3B0
- Phone: 1-807-471-2573/2574
- Fax: 1-807-471-2699 - Main Fax Line
- 1-807-471-2540 - Finance
- Gordon Beardy—former Keewatin Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada who was the first Native diocesan bishop in Canada; also elected and served as the First Nation's Chief in 2002.
- Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation's webpage
- AANDC profile
- Chiefs of Ontario profile
- FirstNation.ca profile
- NAN profile[permanent dead link]
- "Muskrat Dam Lake census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-05-30.