Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Fisher River Cree Nation
Fisher River Cree Nation (FRCN) is located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg and at the mouth of Fisher Bay approximately 200 km north of Winnipeg. Made up of two reserves (Fisher River 44 and Fisher River 44A), the Nation is home to 1,900 of its 3,700 Band members.
Fisher River is signatory to Treaty 5, and is an Independent First Nation. Although not associated with any of the Manitoba tribal councils, it is affiliated with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. In 2013, Fisher River signed a Political Protocol and Limited Partnership Agreement with Norway House and Sagkeeng First Nation, establishing a formal political and economic relationship.
FRCN has multiple employment opportunities in the First Nation such as Fisher River Builders; Laundromat & Car Wash; the grocery store; and, band administration, as well as in private contracting and commercial fishing. The Band is also involved in cottage lot developments with the Province of Manitoba and geo-thermal technology with Manitoba Hydro. Most recently, a Junior B Keystone Junior Hockey League franchise has been established in the Nation.
There are 516 homes within FRCN; 15% of the homes are serviced by our new modern water treatment plant. Traditionally, lots were allocated to members using the river allotment system, and this process is still in place today. Fisher River plans to offer homeownership and rental opportunities, including renovations to its members with loans backed by the Fund.
“Many of our community members are considering options for private home ownership and this new partnership with the Fund will give them alternatives to the programs previously available. We are also looking forward to having access to capacity development initiatives that will benefit our staff and community.”
— Chief David Crate (July 2015)