Namaygoosisagagun First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Unaffiliated  
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Superior Treaty 
  • Namaygoosisagagun FN has applied for official Band Status and reserve lands; currently awaiting approval 
  • Main community is Collins, just NW of Lake Nipigon and occupies the SW corner of Wabakimi Provincial Park 
  • Community is not road accessible, only accessed by Via Rail through a 30-minute train ride, by float plane and snowmachine in winter 
  • Namaygoosisagagun comes from a word meaning "Trout Lake" which is the Aboriginal name for Collins Lake
Sub-Office located on Fort William First Nation: Namaygoosisagagun First Nation, 684 City Rd Unit 16, Thunder Bay, Ont P7J 1K3
Description (Agency) Operates as a non-status Ojibwe First Nation
Description (Service) Operates as a non-status Ojibwe First Nation  
  • Consists of approx 40 members presently residing in community of Collins; other members scattered throughout NW Ontario with some families registered to First Nations in Treaty #3, Treaty #9 and Robinson-Superior Treaty 
  • Provides a small elementary school up to Gr 7 for community students; older students attend schools in Thunder Bay 
  • Seeking funding to construct a sawmill and a community business centre on lands that will be acquired from three separate current owners including Canadian National Railway (CNR) 
  • Participates in fish netting surveys with Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre on Collins Lake to determine fish populations 
  • Hosts an Annual Summer Festival in July for community members to gather for games, special events, and feasts
Hours Hours not specified
Areas Served Collins
Eligibility Members of Namaygoosisagagun First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone Thunder Bay Band Office 807-626-1780 
Collins Band Office 807-583-1845
Fax Thunder Bay 807-626-8126 
Collins 807-583-1848
Primary Executive Helen Angela Paavola, Chief; Phone: 807-626-1780; Email:
Alternate Executive Kyle MacLaurin, Consultation Coordinator; Phone: 807-626-1780; Email:
Site Location Community is 33 km W of Armstrong near Onamakawash Lake, on the N shore of Collins Lake, NW of Lake Nipigon
Located In Community Collins
Address Band Office
Collins, ON P0V 1M0
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Mailing Address c/o Namaygoosisagagun Band Office 
684 City Rd, Unit 16 
Fort William First Nation, ON P7J 1K3
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and Band Council members elected under the Indian Act Electoral system every 2 years; next election Dec 2018