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Employment Opportunity – MFN Director of Lands and Economic Development

The Director of Lands & Economic Development is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders with respect to mines, minerals, natural resources. He/she is responsible for implementing the Band Socio-economic Strategy in order to ensure the land stewardship and economic development needs of Michipicoten First Nation are met.

Under the direction of the Band Manager, the Director of Lands and Economic Development will:

  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders with respect to mines, minerals, natural resources, land use and environmental related issues;
  • Build positive relationships with the government agencies, municipalities and private sector interests involved in various consultation requests.
  • Organize and facilitate community sessions on consultation requests that are complex and multi-disciplinary in nature.
  • Develop, Present and Implement strategies that support MFN rights and title throughout the Traditional Territory;
  • Undertake analysis and evaluation of economic and business development opportunities, and identify strategies to develop these opportunities;
  • Organize and facilitate community economic development workshops;
  • Provide reports on new and existing consultation requests to be shared with the Band Manager and/or Chief & Council to facilitate a greater degree of engagement.
  • Oversee, monitor, evaluate and develop current and new economic development as well as employment and training initiatives;
  • Work with the Band Manager, other Michipicoten First Nation staff and/or identified outside specialists


Demonstrated experience in:

  • Writing proposals;
  • Interpreting legislation and regulations;
  • Providing advice to senior management and leadership with the ability to handle politically sensitive matters;
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the Constitutional Aboriginal and Treaty Rights of Indigenous peoples and the Duty to Consult and Accommodate.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint software.
  • University Degree and experience with First Nations in areas relating to Environmental Studies, Planning, Economic Development, Business Administration or related field.
  • 5 years experience at a senior level
  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to travel
  • An up to date CPIC will be required


First Nation preference in hiring, please indicate in your cover letter.

Full job description available upon request.


Please send your resume to Robert Reece, Finance Director and Human Resources at Deadline is July 13, 2018 at 5pm.

Regional Group Working to Improve Internet for All –YOUR Input Required

The Northeast Superior Regional Broadband Network (NSRBN) is focused on building a broadband network in every community to improve economic growth, resiliency and improved access to health and education services. The availability of adequate and affordable broadband for all citizens and stakeholders is important to the future of the entire region.

As part of the NSRBN information gathering stage, we invite community members to complete a survey so that we can learn more about the current state of technology in our region. Your participation is critical to ensuring that we include as much data as possible to assist in the preparation of a study that will enhance the ability to seek future funding for critical areas. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. You may conduct the survey in two ways; by following the link or by completing a paper version. You may pick up a paper version at the Economic Development office, Township or Band Hall in your community or reach out using the information provided below.

The NSRBN has been formed with representatives from participating First Nations, and Municipalities and Economic Development Organization in the Northeast Superior region. Specific membership is made up from the following 13 communities and organizations, including; Brunswick House First Nation, the Twp. of Chapleau, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Corporation du Développement Économique et Communautaire de Dubreuilville, the Twp. of Dubreuilville, the Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, the Twp. of Hornepayne, Michipicoten First Nation, Northern Information Technology and Geomatics Cooperative (NITGC), Pic Mobert First Nation, Superior East Community Futures Development Corporation and the Municipality of Wawa and the Twp. of White River. The NESBN also enjoys support from FedNor – Industry Canada, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.    

The survey will be open from June 18th – June 30th, 2018. All survey responses will remain anonymous as personal user data is not collected, however, should you wish to have your name entered into a $250 draw please enter your name for a chance to win!

If you have any questions for the NSRBN study team, please send an email to or call Melanie Pilon, EDO at 705 884 9909. The study team extends our sincere thanks in advance for your participation.

MFN partners with Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre to assess Juvenile Coregonine in Lake Superior


Michipicoten First Nation, in partnership with the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre (A/OFRC), will be conducting a Juvenile Coregonine Seining Assessment in Quota Zone 11, around Lizard Islands, Leach Island, and Gargantua Harbour, and Quota Zone 09 off of Michipicoten White Sands beach.


The project will begin the last week of June and continue through the first week of July.


These studies will provide a higher resolution of data on the commercially and ecologically important Lake Whitefish, by providing data on the juvenile age-class, data which is currently lacking on Lake Superior. This can better inform how and where the quota is set in future years, as well as teach us more about the biology and life history of the fish caught.


This project will be utilizing the Juvenile Coregonid Recruitment Index protocol developed by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Michigan, which has been adopted by First Nations along the south shore of Lake Superior. Jason Smith, a Fisheries Biologist for Little Traverse Bay Band, will be accompanying the team during the first three days of the study in order to impart his knowledge of the techniques involved.


This study will use a Beach Seining method. During each sampling event, three seine hauls will be conducted. Nets will be 150 feet long x 6 feet tall, with a 6ft3 bag in the centre.


All fish caught will be identified to species and counted. At least 20 individuals of each coregonid species in each haul will be measured for total length and sub-sampled. Sampling will occur at each site on two dates at 1—2 weeks apart. During the second week of the study, members are invited to join the team on White Sands beach. Youth will be given the opportunity to participate in the identification and measurements of the collected fish. More information on when and where to join us will be posted on Facebook and distributed in the weekly on reserve flyer.


The A/OFRC is a not-for-profit organization that serves as an independent source of information for communities within the Anishinabek Nation. The Centre provides information and recommendations for sustainable fisheries management, reports of stock status, and evaluates stresses on fish populations and habitats, and offers technical support.

Traditional Land Use Map Verification Sessions

Michipicoten First Nation hired InterGroup Consultants to research and write a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Study related to NextBridge’s East-West Tie Transmission Project. In March and May, InterGroup interviewed members and mapped where they hunt, trap, fish, and gather resources, along with other culturally important sites.

InterGroup is returning to the community with draft versions of the maps and would like to share them with MFN members.  This will be a great opportunity for members to provide feedback and communicate their thoughts and/or concerns on how the East-West Tie Transmission Project could affect hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering, and culturally important areas.

The maps will be available for viewing and someone from InterGroup will be available to hear your feedback on:

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 3 Maple Drive in Wawa Drop in any time. There will be a short presentation at 6:30 pm.
  • Thursday, June 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Band Hall on-reserve. Drop in any time. There will be a short presentation at 10:30 am.



In January 2016, a moratorium was placed on Section 6.2 of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) following a commitment made with the Assembly of First Nations.

At the time section 6.2 of the medical transportation policy stated:

“When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically required health services unless proper justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation.” 

Until now, Section 6.2 of the MTPF was temporarily not enforced so that analysis on missed appointments could be conducted. After a thorough review and follow-up discussions with the AFN, Indigenous Services Canada has decided to reinstate Section 6.2, with minor changes that clarify potential exceptions to the rule.

Section 6.2 now states:

When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically necessary health services unless justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation. Justification may include, but is not limited to, unforeseen circumstances such as health service delivery delays, severe weather conditions, family or personal emergencies. 

NIHB will continue to work with partners and the NIHB Navigators to ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities while travelling and will apply section 6.2 only when justification for missed travel has not been received.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


FNIHB Ontario Region NIHB contacts: 

Ontario Region Client Information Line 1-800-640-0642

Heather Larsen, Senior Manager, (613) 941-6253

Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery,  (613) 952-0139

Cynthia Lucier, Manager Sioux Lookout, (807) 737-5822

Sandra Freund, Manager Thunder Bay, (807) 346-3530

Thunder Bay Discharges 1-807-625-6039

All Other Discharges 1-807-737-5080

Sioux Lookout on-Call 

Weekends and Holidays 1-807-737-0828 8:00 am to 4:00 pm