Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation

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Muskrat Dam Lake
Indian reserve
Muskrat Dam Lake Indian Reserve
Muskrat Dam Lake is located in Ontario
Muskrat Dam Lake
Muskrat Dam Lake
Coordinates: 53°22′N 91°51′W / 53.367°N 91.850°W / 53.367; -91.850Coordinates: 53°22′N 91°51′W / 53.367°N 91.850°W / 53.367; -91.850
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Kenora
First Nation Muskrat Dam Lake
Area[1]
 • Land 20.58 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 260
 • Density 12.6/km2 (33/sq mi)

The Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree First Nation band government in Northern Ontario. They reside on the 1,939.7 hectares (4,793.1 acres) Muskrat Dam Lake reserve, located on Muskrat Dam Lake in the Kenora District. The community of Muskrat Dam, Ontario, is located on this reserve. In June 2008, their total registered population was 387 people, of which their on-reserve population was around 195.

The reserve's primary transportation link is the Muskrat Dam Airport.

Muskrat Dam Lake is policed by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, an Aboriginal-based service.

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Governance
  • 3 Official address
  • 4 Notable people
  • 5 External links
  • 6 References

History[edit]

The Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation is part of the 1929-30 Adhesion to the James Bay Treaty of 1905 - Treaty 9.

The Muskrat Dam people have historical links to the people of Bearskin Lake, and several families have relocated from Bearskin Lake to Muskrat Dam Lake. The families that relocated to Muskrat Dam were that of Tommy and Victoria Beardy, who were joined by Jeremiah and Juliet Duncan, Moses and Eunice Fiddler, Jake and Esther Beardy and Roderick and Effie Fiddler. Later, Fiddlers' son Billy and Moses Fiddler's mother Nainee also joined the little settlement.

Due to abundance of natural resources in the area, the small community started living off the land: fishing, hunting, trapping and logging. Weagamow Lake, Ontario helped them start a sawmill operation, as well as to fly in tools, gas and grocery supplies.

Until it officially gained reserve status in 1976, Muskrat Dam was a satellite community of the Big Big Trout Lake.

Governance[edit]

The current elected leadership of the council consists of Chief Stan Beardy. Official Name Muskrat Dam Lake Number213

Membership Authority Section 11 Band

  • Election Type: Custom Electoral System
  • Council Quorum: unknown
  • First Nation Officials

Chief BEARDY STANLEY 09/15/2015 07/31/2017 Councillor BEARDY CHARLIE 09/15/2015 07/31/2017 Councillor DUNCAN OLIVIA 09/15/2015 07/31/2017 Councillor MORRIS JOHN 09/15/2015 07/31/2017 Deputy Chief FIDDLER ROY 09/15/2015 07/31/2017

  • Note:Election System - The type of system used by a First Nation in the selection of its chief and councillors (can be either under the Indian Act election system, the First Nations Elections Act, a custom system, or under the provisions of a self-governing agreement).

The First Nation is part of the [Independent First Nations Alliance] of the [Nishnawbe Aski Nation].[2]

On Sept, 11 2015 that Muskrat Dam Election committee held a nomination meeting, with the majority of the 14 people in attendance voting to bar candidates who had previously resigned from seeking re-election. Three days later former Ontario regional chief Stan Beardy was declared the new chief by acclamation.

Federal judge nixed Muskrat Dam election results. Federal Court of Canada Justice Cecily Strickland ordered the results quashed with a new election to be held within six months of April 7.[3] [4] [5]

Reserve Recuperates Stan Beardy, who was later confirmed as the reserve's rightful chief by a federal court, said an internal investigation has found that the fly-in community of 300 Oji-Cree owes about $5 million.[6]

Official address[edit]

Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation
P.O. Box 140
Muskrat Dam, ON P0V 3B0

Phone: 1-807-471-2573/2574
Fax: 1-807-471-2699 - Main Fax Line
1-807-471-2540 - Finance

Notable people[edit]

  • Gordon Beardy—former Keewatin Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada who was the first Native diocesan bishop in Canada; also elected and served as the First Nation's Chief in 2002.

External links[edit]

  • Muskrat Dam Lake First Nation's webpage
  • AANDC profile
  • Chiefs of Ontario profile
  • FirstNation.ca profile
  • NAN profile

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Muskrat Dam Lake census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ http://pse5-esd5.ainc-inac.gc.ca/fnp/Main/Search/FNGovernance.aspx?BAND_NUMBER=213&lang=eng
  3. ^ http://www.tbnewswatch.com/News/389736/Federal_judge_nixes_Muskrat_Dam_election_results
  4. ^ http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/143344/1/document.do
  5. ^ http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/item/143344/index.do?r=AAAAAQALbXVza3JhdCBkYW0B
  6. ^ http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/local/reserve-recuperates/article_c02d56bc-24cf-11e6-8c76-5fbff1345d35.html