Namaygoosisagagun First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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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
Agency Services
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 Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Collins
Eligibility Members of Namaygoosisagagun 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 Thunder Bay Band Office 807-626-1780 
Collins Band Office 807-583-1845
Fax Thunder Bay 807-626-8126 
Collins 807-583-1848
Primary Contact Kyle MacLaurin, General Manager and Consultation Coordinator; Email:
Primary Executive Helen Angela Paavola, Chief; Phone: 807-626-1780; Email:
Alternate Executive Joanne Shapwaykeesic, Councillor
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