Seine River First Nation
Seine River First Nation, previously known as the Rivière la Seine Band, is an Ojibwe First Nation reserve located roughly 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. As of November 2011, the First Nation had a total registered population of 725, of which 327 lived on their own reserve.
Seine River Village
Horse Collar Junction, Turtle Station
|Seine River First Nation|
|Band||Rainy Lake and Rainy River|
|Grand Council||Grand Council of Treaty 3|
|Tribal Council||Pwi-di-goo-zing Ne-yaa-zhing|
|Reserves||Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sturgeon Falls 23|
|• Type||Act Electoral System|
|• Body||Band Council|
|• Chief||Tom Johnson JR|
|• Councilors||Carrie Boshkaykin |
John Kabatay SR
|• Federal Riding||Thunder Bay—Rainy River|
|• Provincial Riding||Kenora—Rainy River|
|• Total||5,152.2 ha (12,731.4 acres)|
|• Populated Areas||1,758.80 ha (4,346.09 acres)|
|Census Statistics suggest only one of three locations is considered populated.|
|Elevation||341 m (1,119 ft)|
|• Density||17.3/km2 (45/sq mi)|
|Data provided by Statistics Canada and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development conflict.|
|Census Population (2006)|
|Registered Status (2011)|
|• On Reserve||312|
|• Off Reserve||706|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
The First Nation have an electoral system of government, consisting of a chief and seven councillors forming their council. Chief Thomas Johnson and councillors Carrie Boshkaykin, Norman Girard, John Kabatay, Gerald Johnson, Roger Spencer and Shane Whitecrow are serving their two-year term that began on February 11, 2016.
The First Nation is a member of the Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services, a regional Chiefs Council, which in turn is a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3, a tribal political organization serving many of the First Nations in northwest Ontario and southeast Manitoba.
The original Mine Centre was a settlement associated with the gold rush around Shoal Lake with a population of 500. However, many residents moved to the new Mine Centre established by the Canadian Northern Railway after the collapse of the gold rush from 1903 to 1904.
Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution co-founded by the ten bands in the Rainy Lake Tribal area in 1985. The ten bands are: Big Grassy, Big Island, Couchiching, Lac La Croix, Naicatchewenin, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River and Mitaanjigaming. Each of the ten bands appointed one member to a Board of Directors of Seven Generations Education Institute, which functions with the leadership of the Executive Director.
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- Barnes, Michael (1995). Gold in Ontario. Erin: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 22–23. ISBN 155046146X.
- "Aboriginal Peoples and Lands". GeoViewer. Government of Canada: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Retrieved 24 October 2013.