Pikangikum First Nation Community Profile
PTO: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation
Box 323 Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0
Pikangikum First Nation is located on Pikangikum Lake, approximately 100 km northwest of Red Lake, Ontario. It is approximately 15 minutes by plane from Red Lake to Pikangikum.
Pikangikum is one of the largest First Nation communities in Northern Ontario with the highest on-reserve population in Northern Ontario, approximately 2,300. An estimated 75% of the population is under twenty-five years of age.
Pikangikum First Nation is a remote settlement of approximately 1720 people located in the Sioux Lookout District of northwestern Ontario. It is situated on the eastern shores of Pikangikum Lake at the Berens River. 100 kilometres north of the town of Red Lake. The community has a land base of 1,808 ha.
The community of Pikangikum is among the most populated among the First Nation Communities in the Sioux Lookout District, with 86% of the population being 39 years of age or younger. The population trend continues to grow at over 3% annually. The birth rate per capita is the highest in the Sioux Lookout Zone. Current statistics indicate the over one-third of Pikangikum is under 9 years of age.
The large population has had a significant impact on infrastructure, programs and services available at the community level. The local, constructed 13 years ago, suffers a severe shortage of classroom space. Community based programs are under-resourced, thus compromising the community's ability to provide programming that will meet their needs. As a result, the community often faces health, social and crime-related crises, such as medical emergencies, suicides, alcohol/drug/solvent abuse incidents, and a higher crime rate.
From January to near the end of March, Pikangikum is accessible by vehicle on the winter road. When the winter road is not available, Red Lake is also accessible using a boat over some lakes, and then a vehicle the rest of the way.
Pikangikum is currently building a controlled access all-weather emergency road that will avoid dangerous rapids on the Berens River and reduce the boat ride into the community to approximately 4 kilometres.
|Year Round Road||X|
Linguistic Affiliation: Ojibway/English
Mother Tongue: Ojibway
The community of Pikangikum has a 97% retention rate of Ojibway language. Most of the children come to kindergarten as unilingual Ojibway speakers. This means that our children still learn easily from the Esteemed Elders.
|Custom Electoral System||X|
|Term of office: 2 Years|
Chief and Council
|Deputy Chief||Jonah Strang|
|Councillor||Susan L Turtle|
|Councillor||Jim M Strang|
|Councillor||Susan D Strang|
|Councillor||Kevin R. Suggashie|
(F) Kenora - Rainy River
(P) Kenora Rainy River
Phone: (807) 773-5578
Fax: (807) 773-5536
|Chief Financial Officer||All calls will be referred to by Band Office.|
|Quality Assurance Co. Membership Clerk|
|Interim Legal Aid|
|Chief & Council Secretary|
|Band Office Custodian|
|Operations & Maintenance|
|Electricity (diesel generation)||X|
|Water Treatment Facility||X|
|Sewage - Lagoon||X|
|Public Bus Service||X|
|School Bus Service||X|
Community Recreation Facilities
Gordon Turtle - Public Works
|Communication Recreation Facilities||YES||NO|
|Pow Wow Grounds||X|
|Other Boat Launch||X|
Education Director Kyle Peters
Educational Institution - 67 teachers/staff
Post Secondary/Adult Education
Phone: (807) 773-5550
*All calls will be referred to by Health office.
Services & Programs
|FN Welfare Administration|
|Home & Community Care Program||807-773-5272|
|Brighter Futures/Building Healthy Communities||807-773-5300|
|Healthy Babies/Healthy Children||807-773-1162|
|NAN/AHWS Crisis Intervention|
|Tikanagan Child & Family Services||807-773-1103|
Programs & Services
|By-Law Officers (Peacekeepers)||9|
|Restorative Justice Workers||1|
|Solvent Abuse Patrol||6|
On Reserve Phone: 807-773-5007
On Reserve Fax: 807-773-1197
24 Hour OPP Call Centre: 1-888-310-1122
Medic Vac and Access Available
Forest Fire Reporting
|Country Home Improvement||1-807-773-8883|
|Eshkotay Wayab Power Authority||1-807-773-9935|
|North American Charters||1-807-773-5390|
|Pikangikum Public Works||1-807-773-9947|
|Pikangikum Radio Station||1-807-773-5326|
|Pikangikum Water Treatment Plant||1-807-773-5078|