Wahnapitae First Nation

Wahnapitae First Nation

Wahnapitae First Nation (WFN) is an Ojibway community located in Northern Ontario. Its traditional name, Wahnapitaeping, means “place where the water is shaped like a tooth.”

Wahnapitae First Nation Indian Reserve #11 is accessible by all season roads from the town of Capreol, 50 km north of Sudbury. About 92 residents live year round in the community. The reserve land base is 3.2 kilometres by 3.2 kilometres on the north shore of Lake Wanapitei and covers approximately 1036 hectares of land. A pending land claim settlement may result in an increase.

Limited development has occurred on reserve lands, primarily along the north shore of Lake Wanapitei. There are 38 homes in the community and more than seventy surveyed residential lots.

There are approximately 340 registered band members. Citizens elect a Chief and four Councillors every three years under Band Custom code.

The community is surrounded by an abundance of natural resources and has benefit agreements with some developments in the mining sector (nickel and gold exploration/mining), forestry (pine and spruce harvesting) and tourist operations. There are several tourism related businesses owned by individual members. These include a licensed restaurant and four camp-trailer-cottage grounds. Band members residing on reserve are employed in Band administration, public works and other local sectors.

Wahnapitae First Nation is an expanding community with a growing population. It is working towards meeting the needs of the nation identified in its Community Development Plan, including Economic Development, Infrastructure and Watershed Management.

Through the backing of the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Wahnapitae First Nation plans to encourage its members to settle or return to the community, with the option of buying or building a home.

Wahnapitae First Nation is a signatory to the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and member of the Anishinabek Nation.

“Wahnapitae First Nation is proud to be a part of First Nations Market Housing, and we look forward to working with the Fund to be able to offer our members more accessibility and ownership when it comes to building a home in our community.”
— Chief Ted Roque (July 2013)

Contact Information:

Marilyn Nicholls, Executive Director
Wahnapitae First Nation
259 Taighwenini Trail Rd
Capreol, Ontario
P0M 1H0
Phone: 705-858-0610
Fax: 705-858-5570
Email: mariliyn.nicholls@wahnapitaefn.com
Website: www.wahnapitaefirstnation.com