Cat Lake First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Windigo First Nations Council 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Reserve is only accessible by air year-round and a seasonal winter road from Pickle Lake, via Northern Ontario Resource Trail which takes an average of 5 hours 
  • Cat Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Nearest urban centre is Pickle Lake, 115 km SE of Cat Lake; winter road runs N from Pickle Lake and takes approx 4-5 hours to drive to Cat Lake 
  • Cat Lake Airport: Manager is Riley Sakakeesic, PO Box 74 
  • Cat Lake Lodge: 807-347-2100
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Cat Lake First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service)
  • Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers 1 main store (Northern), Cat Lake Lodge, Gray's Motel, a few small privately-run businesses and a local radio station  
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service located in the Band Office 
  • Operates a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and served by Wasaya Airways and Cat Air
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band office) 
  • Child and Family Services (Tikinagan) 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Lawrence Wesley Education Centre 
  • Health Authority 
  • Health Authority, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative 
  • Health Authority, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC) 
  • Health Authority, Brighter Futures Program 
  • Health Authority, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Authority, Maternal Child Health Program 
  • Health Authority, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) 
  • Housing Program 
  • Margaret Gray Nursing Station 
  • Margaret Gray Nursing Station, Immunization Clinic 
  • Margaret Gray Nursing Station, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Oshkee Meekena Residential Treatment Centre 
  • Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Wellness Program
Hours Band Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Cat Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Cat Lake First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Band Office 807-347-2100 
Cat Lake Airport 807-347-2066
Fax 807-347-2116
Primary Contact Noreen Crane, Administrative Assistant
Alternate Contact Rhoda Turtle, Executive Secretary
Primary Executive Matthew Keewaykapow, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Abigail Wesley, Deputy Chief
Site Location Community is 180 km N of Sioux Lookout along the N shores of Cat Lake river system
Located In Community Cat Lake First Nation
Address 122 Back Rd W
Cat Lake, ON P0V 1J0
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Mailing Address c/o Band Office 
PO Box 81 
Cat Lake, ON P0V 1J0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief, Deputy Chief and 4 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Apr 2020