BINGWI NEYAASHI ANISHINAABEK – The people of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek have a new home. The First Nation has a new reserve on the southeast shorr of Lake Nipigon. It marks the establishment of a permanent home for the 197 people in the band. Work on the establishment of this new First Nation reserve started in 1996, and came together for today’s announcement. “This agreement lays the groundwork for a brighter future for our members,” stated Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation Chief Paul Gladu. “This reserve will assist us in building a vibrant community, providing our current members and future generations with a healthy and safe environment in which to live and flourish.”
John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, together with the Honourable Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, congratulate Chief Paul Gladu and the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation on the creation of their new reserve. “The establishment of this reserve demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to work with the people of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek and other partners to improve the prosperity of the First Nation,” said Minister Duncan.
Today’s announcement recognizes several years of collaboration, which began in 1996, and will advance to the next phase as the First Nation develops its new community base. “Ontario is proud to be a partner in the creation of this reserve for Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation,” said Minister Bentley. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the First Nation and the federal government in order to foster economic growth and to help achieve positive outcomes for Aboriginal communities in Ontario.”
The Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation has a membership of 197, most of whom live in northwestern Ontario.