Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is located off of the TransCanada Highway 11/17, approximately 352 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is accessible by Highway 627, adjacent to Pukaskwa National Park. The reserve land is 822 acres in size. The traditional territory encompasses over 2 million hectares combined with Exclusive and Shared territory on the north shore of Lake Superior. Biigtigong Nishnaabeg has asserted Aboriginal Title and has filed a comprehensive land claim in the Ontario Superior Court for Aboriginal title over its traditional territory.

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is a vibrant and developing community with a growing population. There are approximately 1200 members with some 500 living on reserve. The First Nation elects its Chief and Council as per the Indian Act and the Indian Band Election Regulations. One Chief and 11 Councillors are elected every two years.

Employment ranges from band administration, health/recreation fields, renewable energy to mining and forestry. The community is at the core of mining and forestry potential. Biigtigong Nishnaabeg has also taken a pro-active approach when dealing with mining and continued exploration activities happening within the traditional territory, including the development of a Consultation and Accommodation Law and by building positive working relationships with third party interests.

A progressive First Nation, Biigtigong has shown significant achievements in economic development with vested interests in the renewable energy sector as well as the establishment of the Pic River Development Corporation.

Our Goal

The latest focus for the community is Biigtigong Endzhi-gkinoohmaading, an education centre to help build the future of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. The goal is to raise 23 million to support the facility from design through construction. The community is now prepared for the detailed design phase and looking for donations to make this paramount community a reality.

Those Involved

Duncan Michano
Duncan MichanoChief
Building a community with great education and training will lead to greater economic development, and ultimately self-sufficiency.
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Lisa Michano
Lisa MichanoDirector of Education
Providing an environment where everyone can learn and grow together will create a more holistic person and a better future for our community.
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Garland Moses
Garland MosesCapital/Housing Manager
Increasing education and training opportunities will bring people back to the community and keep them here, so Biigtigong Nishnaabeg can grow.
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