Weagamow (Round Lake) First Nation

Weagamow (Round Lake) First Nation also known as North Caribou Lake First Nation is a remote fly-in Oji-Cree First Nation located in Kenora District in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is approximately 320 km or 202 air miles north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. As of January 2008, the First Nation had a registered population of 928 people, of which their on-Reserve population was 677.

Though the First Nation's official name registered with the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is "North Caribou Lake First Nation," the Nation is located on Weagamow Lake, thus also known as "Weagamow First Nation" or by the literal translation of the Oji-Cree word Wiyaagamaa—meaning "Round Lake."

The First Nation like others in the region elects their officials through a Custom Electoral System, consisting of a Chief and five councilors. As a signatory to the 1929 Adhesion to Treaty No. 9, “North Caribou Lake First Nation” is a member of the Windigo First Nation Council, a Regional Chiefs Council, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), a Tribal Political Organization that represents the majority of First Nation governments in Northern Ontario. Signatories for the Nation, July 18th, 1930, were Apin Kakapeness, Jonas Wasakimik, Samuel Sawanis, John Quequeish, Patrick Kakekayash, and Senia Sakchekapow, all of whom signed in Syllabic.

Round Lake (Weagamow Lake) Airport is a short 1.9 km/1.2 miles west of the community and is serviced by Wasaya Airways on a regular basis with flights to and from Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. There is also an air charter service operating out of Round Lake owned by the First Nation. Weagamow Air has been operating in Ontario since 1975 and offers year-round service in the region (Cat Lake, Muskrat Dam, Slate Falls First Nations, etc.) in aircraft equipped with floats (summer) and skis (winter). 

First Nation office Phone: (807)-469-5191; Fax: (807)-469-1315.


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