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Aboriginal Community Expands Gathering Place

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Aboriginal Community Expands Gathering Place

McGuinty Government Funds Construction Of Recreational Facility

Bearskin Lake First Nation residents will enjoy the comforts and benefits of an expanded community and recreational centre to host community gatherings and sporting events.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $800,000 to help the First Nation construct a 40 foot by 100 foot addition to an existing facility.  The addition will feature a concrete floor and include an open area, public washrooms, a cafeteria, and change rooms.

Quick Facts

  • The Bearskin Lake First Nation is located 430 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout on the north shore of Bearskin Lake (also known as Michikan Lake). It has a population of 445 members and is accessible primarily by air and by winter road in February and March.
  • The new facility will broaden the use of the community and recreation centre year round for community events and sporting activities such as volleyball, basketball, broomball and floor hockey.

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“This new addition to the community and recreation centre will provide First Nation members with a multi-purpose centre for social events and other activities, as well as a venue for all kinds of sporting events for the young people of the community”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“These funds will allow completion of the Community Sport and Recreation Centre, which will provide a wide range of social, recreational and sporting activities as well as other opportunities for the entire community. This asset will be enjoyed by the community members for many years to come.”

Rodney McKay

First Nation Chief, Bearskin Lake



Rural and North Aboriginal People