Treaty 3 area Chiefs sign unity agreement for Highway 17 twinning from Kenora to Manitoba

A group of First Nation leaders in the Kenora area gathered in Thunder Bay on Monday to meet with senior representatives of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation on the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway from Kenora to Manitoba.

Ontario Gives $1 Million To Dalles

The provincial government is helping to support the construction of the Economic Development Centre of Excellence in Dalles First Nation.

A $1 million dollar investment was announced by Kenora Rainy-River MPP and Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford earlier this morning.

2018 Sturgeon Release

We’ve been working on this project for four years and this is our second release. Last year we released 12 adults, this year we released 15.

This is an important fish to our community as we have sturgeon clan members here. We almost lost our sturgeon here on the Winnipeg River because of the mills, the pollution, and dams.

By cultivating our partnerships with Rainy River First Nation, Ontario Power Generation, and Kenora MNR we are focusing on the fact that when we take out our differences a lot of our beliefs and things that we are struggling for are very similar. Through this we are celebrating what we have in common.

Flooding Negotiations Consultations – OON Community Members

Please be advised there is a Flooding Negotiations Consultation Meeting on February 26, 2018 for all community members.

Lead Negotiators will be in attendance: Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Allan Luby, Barry Henry, and John Henry.

Date:          February 26, 2018

Time:          5:00 pm Dinner provided

Location:   OON Community Hall

For more information contact Allan Luby – [email protected] or the band office 807-548-5876.

Flooding Negotiations Consultations – Thunder Bay Area Band Members

Please be advised that there will be a Flooding Negotiations Consultations Meeting on February 14, 2018 for those members in the Thunder Bay Area.

Lead Negotiators will be in attendance – Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Allan Luby, and John Henry.

Date:     Monday, February, 12, 2018

Time:     5:30 pm – Dinner provided

Place:     TownPlace Suites – Thunder Bay (550 Harbour Expressway, Thunder Bay, P7B 6PA)

For more information contact Allan Luby by email [email protected] or the band office at 5548-5876.



Flooding Negotiations Consultations- Winnipeg Area Band Members

Please be advised that there will be a Flooding Negotiations Consultation meeting in Winnjpeg, MB for those members in the Winnipeg area.

Date:     February 14, 2018

Time:     5:o0 Dinner provided

Place:     The Delta – Winnipeg

Lead Negotiators will be in attendance: Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Allan Luby, Barry Henry, and John Henry.

See attached notice for more information or contact the band office at 548-5876 or Allan Luby directly to [email protected]

2018 02 14 Grievance mtg notice

Grievance Committee Strategic Planning Session – Winnipeg, MB

Please be advised that Grievance committee members are invited to attend a Strategic Planning session in Winnipeg, MB on February 10-11, 2018.  See attached meeting notice for more details.

For more information contact Allan Luby at [email protected] or to Vanessa Lac Seul at the band office.


2018 02 09 Strategic Planning Grievance Committee



Providing Support to our Youth

The first provincial office located on a First Nation was recently opened by the Ontario Government.  The opening is for the new Indigenous Youth and Wellness Secretariat Office on the Fort William First Nation.

Here Chief Lorraine Cobiness poses for a photo with Minister David Zimmer and Deputy Minister Deborah Richardson of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation with Ontario.

Call for Applications – Post-Secondary Education 2017

We are pleased to announce that an invite to members of Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation to submit applications for Post-Secondary funding. Due to a recent allocation from INAC we now have a surplus in the department and have put a call out for applications.

Please submit your completed application and information to the band office in person, by fax, or by email. The deadline for the 2nd Call will be December 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

Further information please contact Vanessa Lac Seul at the band office or by email to: [email protected].

Download Post-Secondary Policy and Application:


Homeland Sturgeon Release

After ten years of work, our efforts to recreate a sturgeon population in our homeland has culminated in this release of twelve juvenile sturgeon. Using surgical implants inserted by staff from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Joe Hunter from Rainy River First Nation, we will continue to monitor their progress and migration patterns.