Red Rock Indian Band

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Lake Helen reserve seen across Lake Helen

The Red Rock Indian Band (also known as Lake Helen First Nation) is an Ojibway First Nation band government in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Their territory is located on the Red Rock 53 (formerly Parmachene 53) and Lake Helen 53A Indian reserves in Ontario. In October 2008, they had a total registered population of 1,484 people, of which most of their 232 people who lived on their own Indian reserve lived on Lake Helen 53A. The Nation is led by Chief Pierre Peltier. The council is an independent member of Union of Ontario Indians, a Tribal Political Organization. The First Nation is also a member of Waaskiinaysay Ziibi Inc., an economic development corporation made up of five Lake Nipigon First Nations.

The Indian reserves are approximately 100 km northeast of the city of Thunder Bay and 2 km east of Nipigon. The total area covered by the two reserves is approximately 950 acres (3.8 km2). The Nation is led by Chief Pierre Peltier. This site is also the location of Saint Sylvesters Church which was a Jesuit Mission. The Red Rock Indian Band is located within the 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty area.

Al Hackner, 2-time world curling champion, is a member of Red Rock Indian Band.

The traditional Ojibwe name for the band is Opwaaganasiniing which means pipestone in the locative voice.


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Coordinates: 49°01′52″N 88°14′53″W / 49.03111°N 88.24806°W / 49.03111; -88.24806