Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation

Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation

Pic River is located south of Highway 17 on Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario, roughly halfway between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The reserve neighbours Pukaskwa National Park and the community of Heron Bay.

The mouth of the Pic River has been a center of trade and settlement for thousands of years. It was a strategic location in the region's water transportation network because it offered access to northern lands and a canoe route to James Bay.

Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation has a community population of approximately 525 people and a total membership of over 1,000. The First Nation is committed to creating a self-sustainable reserve with employment, education and resources being developed and used within the reserve itself. Pic River has a thriving forestry company, a cable television company and a high speed internet company. There are 167 homes in the community, combining privately owned, rental and band- owned units.

The First Nation has followed a ten year housing plan that has contributed to some very significant achievements including reducing overcrowding conditions and innovative construction solutions for which they have received a housing award. As part of the plan renewal process, Pic River First Nation is anxious to establish a sustainable housing program that will include separating the business of housing from the administration of the First Nation and provide security of home ownership for its membership.

“The people of Pic River look forward to working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to develop strategies that will provide an adequate and sustainable housing program. This program will open doors for Pic River community members who wish to build their own homes. It will also provide tools in the long term housing planning process.”
— Chief Duncan Michano (December 2013)

Contact Information:

Garland Moses, Capital/Housing Manager
Ojibways of Pic River
P.O. Box 193
78 Pic River Road
Heron Bay, Ontario
P0T 1R0
Phone: 807-229-1749 Ext. 240
Fax: 807-229-1944
Cell: 807-228-1126
Email: mosesg@picriver.com
Website: http://www.picriver.com