Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, formerly known as Whitefish Lake First Nation, is located 20 kilometers west of the City of Greater Sudbury. On behalf of the members, Chief Shawenekezhik signed the Robinson – Huron Treaty in 1850. The community was a historic meeting place for hunters and trappers, who travelled to the Hudson Bay Post located here to trade for much needed supplies. The original post building sits on a lot adjacent to the community. A historical plaque is dedicated to the role it played in contributing to the lives of past residents and settlers to the area.
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek has a registered membership of 1018, with 350 members living on-reserve. The current land base is 43,747 acres, much of it being deciduous and coniferous forests, surrounded by eight lakes, with eighteen lakes within the reserve boundaries. It is bordered on the southwest by Lake Panache, a well known recreational area in the Sudbury region. The First Nation leases 97 cottage lots with limited road access, electricity and telephone services on Lake Panache. In 2008 the community ratified and approved its own Land Code under the First Nation Land Management Act (FNLMA). They are currently working through the 34 step process to fully implement this Code.
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek has an impressive housing development track record in the past 20 years, achieving over 60 per cent private homeownership amongst its members. The First Nation also manages 44 rental units including an Independent Living Centre project of eight units.
In December 2010, the community was announced as the pilot project location to build sustainable housing in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations and the Holmes Group, from the popular Canadian television show Holmes on Homes. The project will become a model for sharing experiences with other First Nations to provide training in green energy building technologies. With the support of the Fund, increasing access to housing loans to renovate and build new homes, in conjunction with the use of green energy technologies will improve the quality and cost effectiveness of future housing developments.
“The First Nations Market Housing Fund provides our people with an opportunity to invest in our future and creates ownership and pride within our community.”
— Chief Steven Miller (July 2011)
Director of Community Assistance
25 Reserve Road
Naughton, ON P0M 2M0
Ph.: 705-692-6351 ext. 208