Nestled in a village near Matheson Ontario with a population of 234, the Wahgoshig First Nation reserve encompasses 19, 239 acres; the north end meets the south shore of Abitibi Lake, which divides North Eastern Ontario from North Western Quebec. Accessible from Highway 101, the village occupies 70 hectares of flat land adjacent to Blueberry Lake. West of the village the land becomes a perfect habitat for moose, bears, grouse and other game.

Lake Abitibi was the site of an important Hudson Bay Company Trading Post. The Lake Abitibi Indians, historically one band, are now composed of two communities. Wahgoshig (Ontario) and Pikogan (Quebec). The Post was located at a Point called Abitibi Matciteweiak located on the Quebec side of the lake.

The Abitibi Indian Reserve #70 is within the boundary of the Territory described by the James Bay Treaty (Treaty #9) signed on June 1, 1906. On June 18, 1986, the Ontario Band officially changed its name to Wahgoshig First Nation.


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One of Wahgoshig First Nation artisans is Bear Babin, who makes traditional regalia since 2001, algonquin made headdresses since 2005, traditional algonquin flutes since 2006 and traditional drums since 1998.
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Recent News 01.21.15

Band Meeting - January 29, 2015 Attention all Wahgoshig Band Members, there will be a community meeting on January 29th 2015 at 12pm at the Community Centre, Light Lunch Provided. Purpose of this meeting is to present the Treaty Land Entitlement claim that has been brought forward to the Crown. Our lawyers will be presenting the claim to us
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December 11, 2014 Solar Company Defies Duty to Consult Wahgoshig First Nation - Fiera Axium Infrastructure has refused to consult with Wahgoshig First Nation, despite constructing an 8 Megawatt solar farm within the First Nation’s traditional territory – approximately 28 kilometers from the Band Office.
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