Chapleau Cree First Nation

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Chapleau Cree First Nation, also known as the Fox Lake Reserve, is situated 5 kilometres southwest of the town of Chapleau, Ontario, at the bottom of the Artic Watershed where water flows north to the James Bay. The original settlement of the Chapleau Cree was on the Nebskwashi River, east of the town of Chapleau, and in 1989, Chapleau Cree negotiated land to establish a permanent community. In September 2016, Chapleau Cree further reached an agreement for compensation with Canada and nearly 4,000 square hectares of provincial Crown land from Ontario as part of an unfulfilled Treaty 9 entitlement. Chapleau Cree First Nation is a tribal member of the Mushkegowuk Council, and political-territorial affiliate of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Approximately 12% of the of the Nation’s 420 members currently reside on the 10.36 square kilometre reserve. The Nation has 38 homes, most of which are privately owned, along with a senior’s residence, administrative offices complex, health centre, Public Works Garage, and Water Treatment Plant. The Pimii Kamik Gas Bar, Chapleau Cree Small Engines and Chapleau Cree Auto/Truck Garage are band-owned businesses that are located in the community providing employment and access to services.

Chapleau Cree members have been returning to the community with potential employment growth in the mining sector. Working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Chapleau Cree continues to improve housing conditions and increase housing development for members as part of planning a five-year economic development strategy to bring new infrastructure and opportunities into the community.

“Chapleau Cree First Nation embraces the notion of building community homes and infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing community. Our children deserve a healthy environment, and that begins with a good home. Future development will bring growth and innovative fair market housing for new home owners. Chapleau Cree intends on building and maintaining homes for the approaching seasons. This is based on our vision and values of investing in the community and sustaining management of our treaty land settlement”.
— Chief Keith Corston (July 2017)

Media and website contact information:

Patty Ann Owl, Economic Development Officer
Chapleau Cree First Nation
P.O. Box 400, 828 Fox Lake Road
Chapleau, ON
P0M 1K0
Phone: 705-864-0784
Fax: 705-864-1760