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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”.

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.

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.

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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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

Henvey Inlet First Nation 21st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow June 8th & 9th, 2024

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Henvey Inlet First Nation

21st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

Acknowledging Our Community Leadership

June 8th & 9th, 2024

Grand Entry: Saturday 1 PM & 7 PM, Sunday 12 Noon

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Henvey Inlet First Nation Loonie Auction May 25, 2024

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Loonie Auction

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Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting April 8th 2024

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April 8th, 2024 6PM

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April 2024

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Offices Closed on Friday March 29 ans Monday April 2
  • Easter Breakfast and Bike Raffle- March 30
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Men's Circle- April 9 & 30
  • Foot Care- April 3
  • Into to Gardening- April 11
  • Home Maintenance Workshop- May 22
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment Schedule
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Housing Advisory Committee needs 3 members
  • Draft Membership Code Community Consult- May 28
  • Non-Insured Health Benefits Program updates

and more!

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Membership Portal Now Active

 

Membership Portal is Now Active!

Henvey Inlet's Membership Portal is now operational!

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Please give 1 to 2 business days to receive your confirmation e-mail of registration.

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March Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Daylight Savings begins Sunday March 10
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Offices Closed Friday March 30 and Monday April 1
  • Story Telling Gathering- March 5
  • RSV Vaccine for those 60 yrs and older- March 5
  • Foot Care- March 6 & 7
  • Men's Circle- March 12 & 26
  • March Break Activities- March 11 to 14
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment Schedule
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Self Care Day- March 18
  • Breakfast with Louise- March 20

and more!

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If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

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Robinson Huron Treaty Settlement Update Sunday February 25 2024

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Robinson Huron Treaty Settlement Update

Community Conversations

Confidential meeting for registered Henvey Inlet First Nation Band Members only.

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Administration Manager

 

Administration Manager *Re-Post*

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Administration Manager to join our Administration. The Administration Manager reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible the overall planning, coordination and continuous development of Henvey Inlet First Nation administrative support, operations and shared services departments. The Administration Manager will directly supervise and support the administrative support staff during day-to-day operations to ensure Henvey Inlet First Nation membership and clients are served in a timely and professional manner. This position requires exceptional interpersonal communication and organization skills and a high-level of professionalism.

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Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting February 12th 2024

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General Members Meeting

February 12th, 2024 6PM

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February 2024 Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Band Council Meeting- February 12
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Offices Closed for Family Day- February 19
  • Foot Care- February 7 & 8
  • Diabetic Bingo- February 12
  • Men's Circle- February 6 & 12
  • Wills and Estates Presentation and Workshop- February 20, 21 & 22
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment is April 1, 2024
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Self Acre Day- February 8
  • Valentines Luncheon- February 14
  • Pizza Crust Making Workshop- February 29
  • Breakfast w. Louise- February 14 & 28
  • Social Drop In- February 8 & 22

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

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January 2024 Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Knitting Workshop
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Information Highway- Review of 2023 and upcoming 2024
  • 7 Grandfather Teaching Award Recipients
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment is April 1, 2024
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course & Hunters Education Course
  • Full Moon Ceremony
  • Men's Circle

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

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HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION General Members Meeting December 18th, 2023 6PM

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HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION

General Members Meeting

December 18th, 2023 6PM

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Announcements

Henvey Inlet First Nation 21st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow June 8th & 9th, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation Logo Henvey Inlet First Nation 21st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow Acknowledging Our Community Leadership June 8th & 9th, 2024

Henvey Inlet First Nation

21st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

Acknowledging Our Community Leadership

June 8th & 9th, 2024

Grand Entry: Saturday 1 PM & 7 PM, Sunday 12 Noon

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Henvey Inlet First Nation Loonie Auction May 25, 2024

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Loonie Auction

Henvey Inlet First Nation Loonie Auction Flyer May 25, 2024

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Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting April 8th 2024

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General Members Meeting

April 8th, 2024 6PM

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April 2024

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Offices Closed on Friday March 29 ans Monday April 2
  • Easter Breakfast and Bike Raffle- March 30
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Men's Circle- April 9 & 30
  • Foot Care- April 3
  • Into to Gardening- April 11
  • Home Maintenance Workshop- May 22
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment Schedule
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Housing Advisory Committee needs 3 members
  • Draft Membership Code Community Consult- May 28
  • Non-Insured Health Benefits Program updates

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

Read more

Membership Portal Now Active

 

Membership Portal is Now Active!

Henvey Inlet's Membership Portal is now operational!

You can register/create an account by clicking here

Please give 1 to 2 business days to receive your confirmation e-mail of registration.

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March Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Daylight Savings begins Sunday March 10
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Offices Closed Friday March 30 and Monday April 1
  • Story Telling Gathering- March 5
  • RSV Vaccine for those 60 yrs and older- March 5
  • Foot Care- March 6 & 7
  • Men's Circle- March 12 & 26
  • March Break Activities- March 11 to 14
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment Schedule
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Self Care Day- March 18
  • Breakfast with Louise- March 20

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

Read more

Robinson Huron Treaty Settlement Update Sunday February 25 2024

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Robinson Huron Treaty Settlement Update

Community Conversations

Confidential meeting for registered Henvey Inlet First Nation Band Members only.

Read more

Administration Manager

 

Administration Manager *Re-Post*

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Administration Manager to join our Administration. The Administration Manager reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible the overall planning, coordination and continuous development of Henvey Inlet First Nation administrative support, operations and shared services departments. The Administration Manager will directly supervise and support the administrative support staff during day-to-day operations to ensure Henvey Inlet First Nation membership and clients are served in a timely and professional manner. This position requires exceptional interpersonal communication and organization skills and a high-level of professionalism.

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Henvey Inlet First Nation General Members Meeting February 12th 2024

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HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION

General Members Meeting

February 12th, 2024 6PM

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February 2024 Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Band Council Meeting- February 12
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Offices Closed for Family Day- February 19
  • Foot Care- February 7 & 8
  • Diabetic Bingo- February 12
  • Men's Circle- February 6 & 12
  • Wills and Estates Presentation and Workshop- February 20, 21 & 22
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment is April 1, 2024
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Band Rep. On Call Schedule
  • Self Acre Day- February 8
  • Valentines Luncheon- February 14
  • Pizza Crust Making Workshop- February 29
  • Breakfast w. Louise- February 14 & 28
  • Social Drop In- February 8 & 22

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

Read more

January 2024 Newsletter

 

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

This month's highlights:

  • Knitting Workshop
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Information Highway- Review of 2023 and upcoming 2024
  • 7 Grandfather Teaching Award Recipients
  • Wind Farm Legacy Trust payment is April 1, 2024
  • Day Care Newsletter
  • Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course & Hunters Education Course
  • Full Moon Ceremony
  • Men's Circle

and more!

Please download and read the newsletter for more information.

If you would like more details about programs, call the Health Centre at 705.857.1221

Read more

HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION General Members Meeting December 18th, 2023 6PM

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HENVEY INLET FIRST NATION

General Members Meeting

December 18th, 2023 6PM

Attend in-person, by computer or by telephone

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