Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation

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Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Anishinaabe language: Adikamegosheng Anishinaabeg, syncoped as Dikmegsheng Nishnaabeg), formerly known as the Whitefish Lake First Nation, is an Ojibwa First Nation in Ontario, Canada, and is located on the shores of Whitefish Lake, 20 km southwest of Sudbury.

Atikameksheng membership have hunting and fishing rights within the Robinson-Huron Treaty Area. An annual pow-wow is held in July each year.

The current chief of the First Nation is Steve Miller.

In May 2008, the chief and council of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek announced litigation against Canada and Ontario for violating the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which states that the First Nation should have been granted a reserve much larger than Whitefish Lake 6.[1]

In 2010, the community was selected as the host community for Building Homes and Building Skills, a project by television personality Mike Holmes to train First Nations people in construction and building trades.[2]

The community passed a resolution in 2006 to request that the federal government change the community's official name from Whitefish Lake, to realign with the traditional name Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.[3] The name change officially took effect in October 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Whitefish Lake First Nation sues for return of land",, May 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Whitefish Lake First Nation scores Mike Holmes project". Northern Life, December 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The name change of a Sudbury area First Nation". Morning North (CBC Sudbury), October 3, 2013.

Further reading[edit]

Higgins, Edwin and Whitefish Lake Indian Reserve No. 6 (Ont.), Whitefish Lake Ojibway Memories. Cobalt ON: Highway Book Shop, 1982.

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Coordinates: 46°18′07″N 81°15′40″W / 46.30194°N 81.26111°W / 46.30194; -81.26111