Wahgoshig First Nation

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 12.10.15

Wahgoshig First Nation will have its General Elections on March 28th, 2016 for Chief followed by Elections for Councillors on June 8th, 2016, Good Luck to all the candidates!
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June 17, 2015 To all Wahgoshig First Nation Registered Band Members on and off reserve, Wahgoshig has been developing the financial administration law for the last 6 months. The team consisted of Theresa Paulins and Mylon Ollila, Kate Kempton, Wahgoshig First Nation’s lawyer, as well as Allan Kanerva from time to time and overseen by Chief and Council. I am pleased to invite you to the Wahgoshig First Nation ratification to vote on our Financial Administration Law. Mylon and Theresa will be presenting the draft to the community. To view the draft Wahgoshig First Nation financial administration law, we will upload a summary to the Wahgoshig First Nation website as soon as possible, and a complete hard copy will be available at the band office.
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