Henvey Inlet First Nation

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.

However, according to Darlene Johnston’s report, “While the last four hundred years have been dramatic and challenging, the Anishinaabeg [sic] have continued to survive in the Great Lakes region by drawing upon thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and tradition.”

Based on her research, Johnston validates the ancient beginnings of Anishinabek history dashing the myth that our history began only when the Europeans arrived.  Our Creation originates in the same lands we continue to occupy.  The centre of the creation story originates Michilimakinac Island between Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The Anishinabek who occupied a larger territory than just the Great Lakes. They weren’t always known by their own name, and went by many different names ascribed by European settlers. She dispels the myth that small scattered Bands or Tribes replaced each other giving the impression of inconsistent occupancy over recorded history. Over the past four hundred years, Darlene Johnston says in her report “our ancestors have been given a confusing array of names by newcomers.” (Algonquin, Ojibway, Chippewa to name a few, ).

Confusion over Names for the Same People

Another name for the peoples belonging to the vast category of First Nations included the term ‘Algic’ which describes a widespread groups of people with similar language and customs with significant populations.  That’s according to William W. Warren, History of the Ojibway People, © 1984, a forerunner of methodical and verifiable techniques for the collection of oral history written in 1852. This book is still referenced by scholars as it set the first standards for documenting consistent themes expressed in various ways by different story tellers. In his book, Warren writes, “....nearly every tribe originally first discovered by the Europeans residing on the shores of the Atlantic, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, south to the mouth of the James River in Virginia, and the different tribes occupying the vast area lying west and northwest of this eastern boundary to the banks of the Mississippi, from the mouth of the Ohio to Hudson Bay, belong to the Algic family.”  Warren goes on to say, “ The Ojibways form one of the principal branches of the Algic stock, and they are a well-marked type, and present the most numerous section or tribe of this grand division of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America.”

Anishinabek territories began to dwindle in size as more newcomers arrived, populations declined dramatically due to the introduction of old world diseases and settlers and colonists encroached upon our lands.

The Beginning of the Story about The Robinson Huron Treaties

They were signed between newcomers and the Anishinabek. Ancestors of Henvey Inlet First Nation and Lower French River Reserve in 1850.  The same peoples who resided here since pre-confederation trace their roots in this territory back further than recorded history.

Our research will demonstrate the we were not opportunistic immigrants from other areas who occupied land in the generation or two preceding the treaties as if often portrayed by colonist Governments of the day. Treaty notes and Government diaries of the era blatantly express this type of opinion.

Our historical research will reinforce the long term use and occupancy of the lands by the peoples depicted in the creation story.  This is where we emerged from in our creation myths.



General Members Meeting


April 14th, 2023, 9AM

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Statement of the Votes Henvey Inlet First Nation March 23, 2023

Elected CandidatesHenvey Inlet First Nation Statement of Votes March 23 2023

To the Office of Chief:

McQuabbie, M. Wayne

Number of valid ballots cast for chief: 392

Number of rejected ballots for chief: 2

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Draft Membership Code Community Consultation April 12 2023 Membership Notice

Draft Membership Code Community Consultation April 12 2023 Membership Notice


To: Voting Members of Henvey Inlet First Nation

From: Membership Committee

Date: 2023-03-08

Re: Draft Membership Code Community Consultation

Aniin Bozhoo Henvey Inlet Membership,

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Job Postings

Brush Cutter Workers (2 Positions)

Henvey Inlet First Nation is currently seeking two temporary, full-time Brush Cutter Workers to join our Administration for a short-term contract up to 18 weeks. The Brush Cutter Worker reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible to cut and remove trees, vegetation and debris along the designated project areas as assigned. This position requires a high degree of selfmotivation and a strong work ethic.

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AZ/Heavy Equipment Operator/Labourer

Pickerel Contracting Ltd. Is currently seeking a Full-time AZ Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator/Labourer to join our Road Crew. You will report to the foreman/manager duties include but not limited to safety,preventative damage on equipment, operating various equipment on diverse work sites. To be successful in this role, you should be knowledgeable of road construction, safety regulations, willing to learn on the job,be able to work in increment weather exceptional communication, team player, time management, and problem-solving skills.

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Ontario Works Administrator *Re-Post*

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Ontario Works Administrator to join our Administration. The Ontario Works Administrator reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible for the financial management and administration of the Social Assistance Program to ensure effective, efficient and accurate operations in accordance with the Ontario Works (OW) directives and current legislation. The Ontario Works Administrator is also responsible for assessing eligibility requirements of applicants seeking assistance based on the Ontario Works Act. This position requires exceptional organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

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Health News

Notice for Off-Reserve Members 

re: medical transportation

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Non Insured Health Benefits has monthly updates and are posted to their website. Please click the following link to see the monthly updates and changes. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1578079214611/1578079236012

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Medical Van Schedule

For the clients who utilize the Medical Transportation Vehicle, this is a reminder that your appointments are to be booked for 10:00 am at the earliest and 2:30 pm the latest for either Sudbury, Parry Sound or Britt appointments!!!

Appointments will not be added unless between these times!!

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