RECLAIMING OUR NAME
A MAKING OF A FIRST NATION...
|RECLAIMING OUR NAME|
Biigtigong Nishnaabeg - Reclaiming Our Name
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|A MAKING OF A FIRST NATION...|
The Biigtigong Nishnaabeg - Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation (PRFN) was not a signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850. The First Nation is also known as the Pic 50 Ojibway Band.
PRFN is located off the TransCanada Highway 11/17, approximately 352 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is accessible by Highway 627, adjacent to Pukaskwa National Park. The reserve land is 332.7 hectares (822 acres or 1.28 square miles) in size. The traditional territory encompasses over 2 million hectares combined with Exclusive and Shared territory on the north shore of Lake Superior. Pic River First Nation has asserted Aboriginal Title and has filed a comprehensive land claim in the Ontario Superior Court for Aboriginal title over its traditional territory.
Pic River First Nation is a vibrant and developing community with a growing population. There are approximately 1200 members with some 500 living on reserve. PRFN elects its Chief and Council as per the Indian Act and the Indian Band Election Regulations. They elect one chief and 11 councillors every 2 years.
Employment ranges from band administration, health/recreation fields, renewable energy to mining and forestry. The community is at the core of mining and forestry potential. Pic River has also taken a pro-active approach when dealing with mining and continued exploration activities happening within the traditional territory including the development of a Consultation and Accommodation Law and by building positive working relationships with third party interests.
A progressive First Nation, Pic River has shown significant achievements in economic development with vested interests in the renewable energy sector as well as the establishment of the Pic River Development Corporation.