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Henvey Inlet First Nation Culture Section

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The Anishinabek Creation Story

There is more than one creation story for Indigenous Peoples around North America, including more than one story for each nation. Not to say any of one the stories is the ‘right’ one, they are versions adapted by the people in different parts of the land. The Creation story we have chosen to adapt, comes from Darlene Johnston, an Anishinabekwe, who is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, in a report she prepared for the Ipperwash Commission of Inquiry; “Connecting People to Place: Great Lakes Aboriginal History in Cultural Context”.

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Stories About Anishinabek Migration

Preliminary Stories about Migration

Since time immemorial, the Great Lakes region have been home to Indigenous Peoples, including the Anishinabek, and Haudenosaunee , often classified as Iroquois. They were known to occupy as far north as the southern shore of Georgian Bay, and on the north and south shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and eastward towards the modern city of Montreal. And to the North, East, South, and West, were the Anishinabek.

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Historical Research Project

Historical Gaps Report

Watch for a new historical report identifying historical information gaps and an overview of what we know about our history from documented sources.

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Clans and Families - Yesterday and Today

Clans/Totems

The centre of the Anishinabek creation story is the raft which is Michilimackinac Island in the strait between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. This Island is where the First Animals named in the creation story ventured out to find and transform their own Country. For instance, story has it, upon leaving Lake Huron, Beaver went traveling up French River, and created lakes, rapids, portages and dams along the way. During his lifetime, Beaver populated his country with many Beaver children.

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Pics are still needed for Heritage Collection Project 

Community Wellness Worker Luana McQuabbie has started to compile a small collection of photographs from Community Members for the purpose of using them in the 2014 Community Calendar and to begin a Heritage Collection.vintage cameras - Heritage Collection Project  Henvey Inlet First Nation

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A Brief and Recent History Clip

The French River was the main "Water Highway to the west in Canada, from 1600 to the mid 1800’s." The area has been a producer of furs and trading over the years. Logging was a major industry along with fishing in the area. Steam boats navigated the Dallas Falls carrying supplies past the French River Village which developed in the late 1880’s from the logging industry. "Alligator" tugs were used and can be still seen abandoned along the shorelines at the Dallas Falls and the French River.

Timber cutting, logging and lumber mills sprang up in the area in 1873 and boomed till the 1930’s. A major boom of logging occurred after the Chicago Illinois fire and the logs were floated down the French River and the Wahnipitae River to be taken to rebuild the city. Today, many of the sunken logs still dot the rivers and remind of us days gone by. We refer to these sunken logs as "dead heads". Caution is advised when boating in these known areas of our preserved surfacing history. In the 40’s the area was closed to further commercial and private development, preserving this wilderness area much as it was during the days of Champlain.

In the early 1960’s, the Ontario Government closed the area for further development making it part of the North Georgian Bay Recreation Reserve. Then in 1985, it became part of the French River Heritage Park System – Ontario’s First Canadian Heritage River.

Pickerel Village and The First Store and Post Office

Pickerel Landing Village got its start when a Mr. McDougal from Toronto formed the Pine Lake Lumber Company. McDougal purchased the mill, formerly owned by the Ontario Lumber Company in French River, in 1910. It took another two years before all the equipment and machinery was shipped to Pine Lake (Pickerel River), reassembled and ready for operation.

The first store and post office weren't located in the landing but could be found a mile or so away. The Wanikewin Lodge was situated on the North shore of the Pickerel River on the newly constructed Canadian Pacific Railway line. In 1910 Martin Henry Fenton opened a store, hotel and resort, and added a seasonal post office in Wanikewin Station. Residents had little choice but to travel by boat to Wanikewin in order to pick up their mail. In 1911, the post office was converted to a permanent office, which it remained until 1918, when Pickerel Village received its own post office. The Wanikewin post office reverted back to a seasonal operation, finally closing in 1925.

Another mill named the Tie & Lumber Co was situated farther west of the landing. Both mills had spur lines. The Tie & Lumber had a short spur, while Pine Lake Lumber's spur almost encircled the two town sites, and contained two long shunting yards.

Pickerel Village Changes

Pickerel Village was effectively divided into three separate town sites. The first was situated directly south of the landing, surrounded by the spur to the north and the west. The yards were squashed behind the row of houses and businesses, while the mill stood to the east. The row aligned the Catholic Church, Greneau's store, and five dwellings. A boarding house, office, barn, wharf, pump house and a home were erected nearby the spur.
The second site was located north of the main line separated by a small pasture and bush. Clustered somewhat in a "L" pattern, it contained the school, a boarding house owned by the H. Lotie Co., a barn, icehouse and about twelve homes, three of which were duplexes. Later on, in 1922, Dean Udy moved to this location from French River and established a second store. The church was relocated beside the store years later. Slightly east on the CP mainline stood the water tower and sheds, and farther down the station belonging to Pickerel C.P.R.

The third site consisted of Newton town, which was situated east of the Pine Lake mill, below a ridge. Approximately six homes, haphazardly erected, all belonging to the Newton family, stood nearby. Later on, there was a store and dance hall that operated until the 1970's.

Post Office

The post office was first opened on February 2nd 1918, and was operated by E.G. William and his brother H.E. William until 1929. It was relocated to Udy's store that year and then it moved again in 1954 to the Trottier's store at the landing.

Lumber and Tourism

The Tie & Lumber Co was the first mill to close in 1928. The Pine Lake mill burned two years later and was never rebuilt. The Trottier Mill, though small, was built later, in 1941, and ran until 1950. Although a steady string of villagers left during the depression years, a few continued to remain. By the 1950's many were able to commute and by 1961 the population stabilized at 116 residents. The summer cottage boom filled the area with tourists and seasonal residents.

Structures Still Remain

Today some structures still stand at the landing and are used permanently or seasonally. A trailer park also stands at the former "first" town site, at the landing. Extensive foundations remain from the mill site and the upper village still contains two structures, one still used as a boarding house or lodge. The station foundations also remain and are situated on the right hand side of the crossing just before entering the settlement.

Announcements

Notice To Members July 18 2024

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Notice To Members July 18, 2024

There is a new document in the Member's Portal section of the website, Robinson Huron Treaty Annuities Settlement UPDATE FAQ.

You can log in to the Member's Portal through the website menu or by Clicking Here and providing the required information.

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Home Maintenance Worker- Short Term

Home Maintenance Worker- Short Term

Henvey Inlet First Nation is currently seeking a temporary, full-time Home Maintenance Worker to join our Administration for a 6-month contract. The Home Maintenance Worker reports to the Community Health Nurse and is responsible for providing primarily exterior home maintenance and minor home repairs for eligible clients in the Community. This position requires excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills and a strong work ethic.

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New Information For Band Members Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty

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New Information For Band Members: Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty

Attention members,

There is new information available today regarding the Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty.

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The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page Has Been Updated

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The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page Has Been Updated

Please Follow This Link to the The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page which has been updated on July 13, 2024.

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July 2024

July 2024 Newsletter

Here's your copy of July's newsletter: July 2024

julymonth2024

  • Offices Closed Monday July 1
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Diabetic Foot Care- July 3
  • Job Postings
  • Band Rep Schedule
  • Ask The Nurse w. Debbie Brennan - Every Thursday
  • Back 2 School Event announcement
  • CanFitPro Gym Sessions
  • Internet Safety/Sexulized Behaviour Workshop- July 9
  • Adult Paint Day- July 17
  • Diabetic Bingo- July 18
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course- July 19- 21
  • Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic- July 23
  • NEW PROGRAM- Non Thermal Laser Therapy- July 11, 18, 25
  • Catering Posting
  • HIV/AIDS Presentation- July 22
  • HIV/AIDS Workshop for Youth- July 10

and more!

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Elementary School Bus Driver

Elementary School Bus Driver

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a Elementary School Bus Driver to join our Administration for a temporary, 10-month contract for the 2024-25 school year. The Elementary School Bus Driver reports to the Education Counsellor and is responsible for transporting students of various ages to and from their homes and respective schools in a timely and safe manner and in accordance with MTO driving regulations, Ontario traffic laws and safe driving practices. This position requires excellent organization, communication and customer service skills.

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Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting June 10 2024 6pm

Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting June 10 2024 6PM

HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION

General Members Meeting

June 10 2024 6PM

Attend in-person, by computer or by telephone

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2024 Annual Trust Membership Meeting Notice

Henvey Inlet First Nation Legacy Trust

2024 Annual Trust Membership Meeting

WHERE: O&M Building, Henvey Inlet First Nation

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

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June 2024

June 2024 Newsletter

Here's your copy of June's newsletter: June 2024

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  • Offices Closed Thursday June 6
  • Day Care June Newsletter
  • Band Council Meeting- June 10
  • Diabetic Foot Care- June 5
  • Job Posting
  • Ask The Nurse w. Debbie Brennan - Every Thursday
  • Ontario Works- June 13
  • Traditional Parenting- June 4 & 5
  • Father's Day event- June 11
  • Summer Bingo- June 18
  • Diabetic Bingo- June 24
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course- July 19- 21
  • Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic- June 25
  • Men's Circle- June 11 & 25

and more!

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Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Settlement Information

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What is the Indian Boarding Homes Class Action?

In the 1950s, the Indian Boarding Homes Program placed First Nations and Inuit children in private homes for the purpose of attending school. This Settlement provides compensation to people placed in these homes. You are a Primary Class Member if Canada placed you in a private home, between September 1, 1951 and June 30, 1992. You may still be eligible if you were placed after June 30, 1992. People who were placed in private homes, but died on or after July 24, 2016, may also be eligible, and their estate can apply on their behalf.

How can I know if I am eligible?

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Draft Restated Membership Code Meeting Materials Announcement

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Draft Restated Membership Code Meeting Materials Announcement

Ahead of the upcoming community consultation meetings on May 28 and June 2, 2024, click the link below to review the Draft Restated Membership Code - Community Consultation Materials.

Click Here to view that page under the website's Membership Information section.

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Draft Membership Code Community Consultation May 28 and June 2, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation - Draft Membership Code Community Consultation May 28 and June 2, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Draft Membership Code Community Consultation

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Announcements

Notice To Members July 18 2024

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Notice To Members July 18, 2024

There is a new document in the Member's Portal section of the website, Robinson Huron Treaty Annuities Settlement UPDATE FAQ.

You can log in to the Member's Portal through the website menu or by Clicking Here and providing the required information.

Read more

Home Maintenance Worker- Short Term

Home Maintenance Worker- Short Term

Henvey Inlet First Nation is currently seeking a temporary, full-time Home Maintenance Worker to join our Administration for a 6-month contract. The Home Maintenance Worker reports to the Community Health Nurse and is responsible for providing primarily exterior home maintenance and minor home repairs for eligible clients in the Community. This position requires excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills and a strong work ethic.

Read more

New Information For Band Members Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty

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New Information For Band Members: Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty

Attention members,

There is new information available today regarding the Notice to Beneficiaries of the Robinson Huron Treaty.

Read more

The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page Has Been Updated

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The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page Has Been Updated

Please Follow This Link to the The Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Page which has been updated on July 13, 2024.

Read more

July 2024

July 2024 Newsletter

Here's your copy of July's newsletter: July 2024

julymonth2024

  • Offices Closed Monday July 1
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Diabetic Foot Care- July 3
  • Job Postings
  • Band Rep Schedule
  • Ask The Nurse w. Debbie Brennan - Every Thursday
  • Back 2 School Event announcement
  • CanFitPro Gym Sessions
  • Internet Safety/Sexulized Behaviour Workshop- July 9
  • Adult Paint Day- July 17
  • Diabetic Bingo- July 18
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course- July 19- 21
  • Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic- July 23
  • NEW PROGRAM- Non Thermal Laser Therapy- July 11, 18, 25
  • Catering Posting
  • HIV/AIDS Presentation- July 22
  • HIV/AIDS Workshop for Youth- July 10

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

Read more

Elementary School Bus Driver

Elementary School Bus Driver

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a Elementary School Bus Driver to join our Administration for a temporary, 10-month contract for the 2024-25 school year. The Elementary School Bus Driver reports to the Education Counsellor and is responsible for transporting students of various ages to and from their homes and respective schools in a timely and safe manner and in accordance with MTO driving regulations, Ontario traffic laws and safe driving practices. This position requires excellent organization, communication and customer service skills.

Read more

Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting June 10 2024 6pm

Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting June 10 2024 6PM

HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION

General Members Meeting

June 10 2024 6PM

Attend in-person, by computer or by telephone

Read more

2024 Annual Trust Membership Meeting Notice

Henvey Inlet First Nation Legacy Trust

2024 Annual Trust Membership Meeting

WHERE: O&M Building, Henvey Inlet First Nation

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

Read more

June 2024

June 2024 Newsletter

Here's your copy of June's newsletter: June 2024

June2024pic

  • Offices Closed Thursday June 6
  • Day Care June Newsletter
  • Band Council Meeting- June 10
  • Diabetic Foot Care- June 5
  • Job Posting
  • Ask The Nurse w. Debbie Brennan - Every Thursday
  • Ontario Works- June 13
  • Traditional Parenting- June 4 & 5
  • Father's Day event- June 11
  • Summer Bingo- June 18
  • Diabetic Bingo- June 24
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course- July 19- 21
  • Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic- June 25
  • Men's Circle- June 11 & 25

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

Read more

Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Settlement Information

Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Settlement Logo

Indian Boarding Homes Class Action Settlement PDF Banner

What is the Indian Boarding Homes Class Action?

In the 1950s, the Indian Boarding Homes Program placed First Nations and Inuit children in private homes for the purpose of attending school. This Settlement provides compensation to people placed in these homes. You are a Primary Class Member if Canada placed you in a private home, between September 1, 1951 and June 30, 1992. You may still be eligible if you were placed after June 30, 1992. People who were placed in private homes, but died on or after July 24, 2016, may also be eligible, and their estate can apply on their behalf.

How can I know if I am eligible?

Read more

Draft Restated Membership Code Meeting Materials Announcement

Henvey Inlet First Nation Logo Mobile

Draft Restated Membership Code Meeting Materials Announcement

Ahead of the upcoming community consultation meetings on May 28 and June 2, 2024, click the link below to review the Draft Restated Membership Code - Community Consultation Materials.

Click Here to view that page under the website's Membership Information section.

Read more

Draft Membership Code Community Consultation May 28 and June 2, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation - Draft Membership Code Community Consultation May 28 and June 2, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Draft Membership Code Community Consultation

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