Seine River First Nation

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Seine River
Seine River Village
Horse Collar Junction, Turtle Station
Indian reserve
Seine River First Nation
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Official logo of Seine River
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Seine River is located in Ontario
Seine River
Seine River
Coordinates: 48°43′26″N 92°25′32″W / 48.72398°N 92.42558°W / 48.72398; -92.42558Coordinates: 48°43′26″N 92°25′32″W / 48.72398°N 92.42558°W / 48.72398; -92.42558
Country  Canada
Aboriginal People Anishinabe.svg Anishinaabe
First Nation Ojibawe
Tribe Saulteaux
Band Rainy Lake and Rainy River
Treaty 3 1873
Grand Council Grand Council of Treaty 3
Tribal Council Pwi-di-goo-zing Ne-yaa-zhing
Reserves[1] Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sturgeon Falls 23
 • Type Act Electoral System
 • Body Band Council
 • Chief Tom Johnson JR
 • Councilors Carrie Boshkaykin
Norman Girard
Gerald Johnson
John Kabatay SR

Roger Spencer
Shane Whitecrow
 • Federal Riding Thunder Bay—Rainy River
 • Provincial Riding Kenora—Rainy River
 • Total 5,152.2 ha (12,731.4 acres)
 • Populated Areas 1,758.80 ha (4,346.09 acres)
  Census Statistics suggest only one of three locations is considered populated.
Elevation[4] 341 m (1,119 ft)
Population (2011)[5]
 • Total 271
 • Density 17.3/km2 (45/sq mi)
  Data provided by Statistics Canada and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development conflict.
Census Population (2006)[6]
 • Status 275
 • Non-status 5
Registered Status (2011)[7]
 • On Reserve 312
 • Off Reserve 706
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal Code P0W 1H0
Area code(s) 807
Geocode 6956951
Band Number 132

Seine River First Nation, previously known as the Rivière la Seine Band, is an Ojibwe First Nation reserve located roughly 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. As of November 2011, the First Nation had a total registered population of 725, of which 327 lived on their own reserve.


The First Nation have an electoral system of government, consisting of a chief and seven councillors forming their council. Chief Thomas Johnson and councillors Carrie Boshkaykin, Norman Girard, John Kabatay, Gearld Johnson, Roger Spencer and Shane Whitecrow are serving their two-year term that began on February 11, 2016.

The First Nation is a member of the Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services, a regional Chiefs Council, which in turn is a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3, a tribal political organization serving many of the First Nations in northwest Ontario and southeast Manitoba.


The original Mine Centre was a settlement associated with the gold rush around Shoal Lake with a population of 500. However, many residents moved to the new Mine Centre established by the Canadian Northern Railway after the collapse of the gold rush from 1903 to 1904.[8]

Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution co-founded by the ten bands in the Rainy Lake Tribal area in 1985. The ten bands are: Big Grassy, Big Island, Couchiching, Lac La Croix, Naicatchewenin, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River and Mitaanjigaming. Each of the ten bands appointed one member to a Board of Directors of Seven Generations Education Institute, which functions with the leadership of the Executive Director.


The First Nation have reserved for itself three Indian Reserve tracts:[9]


  1. ^ "Seine River First Nation". Geography. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Seine River First Nation". Governance. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Seine River First Nation". Reserves/Settlements/Villages. Reserves/Settlements/Villages. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "About Seine River Indian Reserve 23A". Seine River Indian Reserve 23A. Mapcarta. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Seine River 23A, IRI". Census Profile. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seine River First Nation". Population Census Statistics. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seine River First Nation". Connectivity Profile. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Barnes, Michael (1995). Gold in Ontario. Erin: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 22–23. ISBN 155046146X. 
  9. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples and Lands". GeoViewer. Government of Canada: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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