Wahnapitae First Nation

Site: Centre of Excellence

Service: Band Office - Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations (WBAFN) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty 
  • Consists of 1 main reserve with a land area of approx 10.36 sq km; may increase with the settlement of a pending land claim 
  • First Nation name comes from "Wahnapitaeping" which means 'that place where the water is shaped like a molar tooth' 
  • Reserve is known as Wahnapitae Indian Reserve No 11 
  • The reserve is completely separate from the community of Wahnapitae which is located on Hwy 17E within the city of Greater Sudbury
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Wahnapitae First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Serviced by air through the Greater Sudbury Airport, approx 30 km S of community 
  • Provides a $4.5-million multi-purpose facility called the Centre of Excellence; the 8,400-square-foot centre was officially opened in Sept 2012 and includes Band administration, the Maan Doosh Gamig meeting/events hall, the health clinic, the sustainable development department and business incubator services 
  • Offers several tourism related businesses owned by individual members and four camp/trailer/cottage grounds 
  • Operates a Band-owned business called Rocky's which consists of a licensed restaurant, convenience store, gas bar, marina, motel, meeting room and seasonal campground 
  • Participates in some of the mining, forestry and tourism activities in area being conducted by outside companies 
  • Publishes a community newsletter available at Band Office and on website 
  • Hosts an Annual Traditional Pow Wow in August 
  • Provides green carts and kitchen containers for residents wishing to compost
Provides the following programs and services:  
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Cultural Program 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Services 
  • Food Bank 
  • Good Food Box Program 
  • Health Department 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative 
  • Health Services, Community Wellness 
  • Health Services, Child and Youth Worker 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation 
  • Housing Program 
  • Public Works Department 
  • Sustainable Development Department 
  • Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Waste Management and Landfill Site
Hours Mon-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8 am-11 am
Areas Served Wahnapitae First Nation
Eligibility Members of Wahnapitae 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 705-858-0610
Fax 705-858-5570
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Leila Roque, Administrative Professional; Phone: 705-858-0610 ext 200; Email: leila.roque@wahnapitaefn.com
Primary Executive Larry Roque, Chief; Phone: 705-858-0610 ext 207; Email: larry.roque@wahnapitaefn.com
Alternate Executive George Ransom, Executive Director; Phone: 705-858-0610 ext 202; Email: execdir@wahnapitaefn.com
Site Location Community is approx 50 km N of Sudbury, near Capreol on NW shores of Wanapitei Lake
Located In Community Wahnapitae First Nation
Address Centre of Excellence
259 Taighwenini Trail Rd
Capreol, ON P0M 1H0
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and 4 Band Council members elected every 3 years under the Band Custom Electoral system; next election Jun 2021