Official website of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation


Welcome to Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, please enjoy your visit. Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation has approximately 130 members living on a territory of 4,800 hectares. The First Nation is located in Northwestern Ontario,  40 kilometres(kms) east of Fort Frances.

Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation recognizes a relationship between history and future.

To all Community Members,

With the growing global concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want you to know that the health and safety of our community members and employees’ is our top priority, and we are following the advice of the Canadian public health authorities at all times.

To date, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current COVID-19 public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, and with your safety in mind, we are closely monitoring their assessments for developments.

This morning we had an emergency meeting with staff and service providers to discuss our plan to ensure the health and safety is protected for the community.  As of 10:00 am Friday March 13th 2020 our pandemic plan has been declared in operation.

Our current health and safety measures include:

  • All Nigigoonsiminikaaning offices and programs that are not considered essential or emergency services will remain closed until we feel the situation is under control.  The band office, daycare, and all other offices will be closed.
  • All March Break activities are CANCELLED
  • Yesterday, based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, the Minister of Education issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19. This means that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020.

Protecting each other

If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting other community members. Please contact emergency staff to report and get help or advice.

Please take precautions to protect yourself.  Regular hand washing and sanitizing of hard surfaces.  Avoiding close contact and maintaining distance from people when talking, etc.

As mentioned previously, we will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date through the Canada’s Public Health website.

In times like these it is important that we stay calm and be prepared.  We do not want to cause panic and are just taking these measures to be prepared and ensure the safety of the community as best we can.


Chief Will Windigo


Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation hereby gives notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for the approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.

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Latest News

Through the teachings of our ancestors, we will honour our children by continually striving to build a sustainable community that is culturally socially and economically healthy. We recognize that children are sacred gifts and will strive to provide them with a safe and nurturing environment.

The Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation is comprised of (1) Chief & (3) Councillors.

Terry Allan


Garry Windigo


Ernie Morrison Sr.


Sue Boshey



Learn more about who we are


Located in Northwestern Ontario, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation is relatively isolated physically and economically from mainstream Canada. The area is rich culturally in the vast history of the Ojibwe people in the area.

Local Area

Local area amenities: Fire Department, Recreation, Education, Housing and Economic Development committees. The community has recently built a gymnasium, four seasons recreational outdoor facility, and a daycare centre.


For thousands of years, the Anishinaabeg have passed on their knowledge and culture orally through the Ojibwe language.  Only recently in the language’s history, have people begun to write it.