Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve

Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve

Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is one of the ten largest First Nation communities in Canada. Situated on the eastern side of beautiful Manitoulin Island and spans across both Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, Wikwemikong is home to a vibrant aboriginal community with a rich history dating back to the mid 1600s. The reserve is approximately 171 kilometres from Sudbury. Access to the Wikwemikong main village is a paved road that eventually connects with Highway 6.

The Band Council consists of 12 Councillors and a Chief elected every 2 years according to the Indian Act.  The Band membership is an amalgamation of three bands, Wikwemikong, South Bay, and Point Grondine, and consists of three tribal backgrounds. The people are originally Odawa, with arrivals of Pottawatomi in 1836 and Ojibway after 1850. The population statistics state that Wikwemikong has a total Band membership of 7,278. Approximately 3,030 of this number reside on-reserve, 78 band members of other bands lived on reserve with the remaining 4,248 residing either on other reserves or off-reserve completely. The population is spread across the reserve into several settlements, or satellite communities, including Kaboni, Buzwah, South Bay, Rabbit Island, Murray Hill, Cape Smith, and Wikwemikongsing.

Wikwemikong has a large housing portfolio, including both rental and homeownership. Wikwemikong plans to use the Fund to offer more housing options to its citizens including homeownership, rental and renovation loans.

“Wikwemikong is pleased to be working with the Fund to provide more housing opportunities to our membership as our community grows and evolves. We are committed to supporting the housing goals of our citizens and to strengthening our government through various capacity building initiatives.”
Chief Bernadine Francis (July 2012)

Contact Information:

Wayne Osawamick
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
19 A Complex Drive
Wikwemikong, Ontario
P0P 2J0
Ph.: 705-859-3122 ext. 227
Fax: 705-859-3851
Email: wosawamick@WIKY.NET
Website: http://www.wikwemikong.ca