Grassy Narrows First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Bimose Tribal Council (BTC) 
Political Territorial Organization: Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) 
Treaty #3 
  • Consists of 1 main reserve: English River 21 Indian Reserve with a land base of approx 16 sq miles 
  • Community has endured much hardship: mercury poisoning in the water/fish from Dryden Pulp Mill, flooding of burial grounds/sacred sites and wild rice fields from Ont Hydro, clear-cutting of traditional lands by Weyerhauser and Abitibi, a forced relocation by Indian Affairs to present site near Kenora 
  • Environment Minister Glen Murray announced in Jun 2017 article, CBC news: Ontario will spend $85 million to clean up industrial mercury contamination that is poisoning the people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in NW Ont
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Community members conduct most shopping and business affairs in the city of Kenora 
  • Provides a community store called JB's Store which also serves as the Canada Post postal station and gas bar 
  • Publishes a community newsletter the "Ogagwejimaan"
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Authority 
  • Education Authority, Sakatcheway Anishinabe School  
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Medical Centre 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Housing Department 
  • Kitapinoonjiiminaanik Family Services 
  • Migizi Wazason Child Care Centre 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Volunteer Fire Department
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Grassy Narrows First Nation
Eligibility Members of Grassy Narrows 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 807-925-2201
Toll Free Phone 1-800-668-1790
Crisis Phone Police: 807-925-2221
Fax 807-925-2649
Primary Contact Jocelyn Pelly, Reception; Phone: 807-925-2201 ext 200
Primary Executive Rudy Turtle, Chief; Phone: 807-925-2201 ext 217
Alternate Executive Roberta Keesick, Band Administrator; Phone: 807-925-2201 ext 209
Site Location Community is 80 km NE of Kenora at the end of Hwy 671, along the English-Wabigoon river system near the Manitoba border
Located In Community Grassy Narrows First Nation
Address Grassy Narrows, ON
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Mailing Address c/o Grassy Narrows Band Office 
General Delivery 
Grassy Narrows, ON P0X 1B0
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 and 4 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Indian Act Electoral System; next election April 2020