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Magnetawan First Nation
Notice of Assertion Press Conference PDF Print E-mail

July 28, 2014


Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy will be giving formal notice to Canada, the province, resource developers and the general public through a Notice of Assertion that First Nations inherent and Treaty rights will continue to be asserted in original territories and ancestral homelands in Ontario.

The Notice of Assertions will be announced tomorrow. It was adopted by the Chiefs-in-Assembly, comprised of leadership from First Nations throughout Ontario, by Resolution on June 11, 2014. These rights include, but are not limited to, those re-affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution of Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“The purpose of the Notice is to assert that these Treaties still govern the relationship between the Crown and First Nations,” Ontario Regional Chief Beardy said. “This Notice does not lay out an exhaustive list of rights; rather, it sets forward several principles and understandings related to lands and resources. It is based upon the Treaties and Covenant Chains established with the Crown which were made between sovereign independent nations.”

DATE: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
TIME: 3 pm
LOCATION: Queens Park Steps - 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto



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Land Code Survey Draw

Band Members who submit a completed Land Code Survey will have their name entered into a draw for $500 to be made August 16, 2014. Surveys can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or faxed to 705-383-2566.

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July 2014 - Updated Land Code Documents

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Land Code Notice  - Important Information

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Lands & Resourses Newsletter and Summer Employment Opportunities

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Important Announcement Regarding Lands Management Act Bill C-49

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Magnetawan First Nation Leadership

Chief:                William Diabo
Councillor 1:       Joanne Dominic
Councillor 2:       Lloyd Myke


On-Reserve Population: 99 Residents (2014)
252 Registered Members

Land Base: 4714.7 hectares.


Mother Tongue: First Nation Ojibway
Language commonly spoken English


Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

Chiefs of Ontario
The Chiefs of Ontario is a coordinating body of 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario. The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting th First Nations people of Ontario.


Union of Ontario Indians
The Union of Ontario Indians is a political advocate of 42 member First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.


Robinson-Huron Region Chiefs

Provincial Electoral Ridings
Parry Sound/Muskoka

Historical Notes

The Magnetawan First Nation  is within the boundaries of the territory described by the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, as signed by Chief Pamiquonaishkung. The First Nation was first surveyed in 1853 and confirmed by Order-in-Council in January of 1853. In 1907, an additional tract of land in the Township of Wallbridge was added to the reserve to compensate for an error made in the 1853 survey.


The First Nation Administration Office accounts for half of the labour force (administration), and the remainder is concentrated in construction and non-government service industries.

Educational Facilities

None on First Nation
Elementary – Britt Elementary School
Secondary – Parry Sound High School

Communities Services and Facilities

Magnetawan First Nation Store & Gas Bar
Van Transportation to Parry Sound
School Busing to Parry Sound


Telephone – Bell Canada
Radio – Parry Sound/Sudbury
Newspapers – Magnetawan First Nation Store & Gas Bar; Toronto/Parry Sound Papers
Television – Satellite Service


Water – First Nation Water and Waste Treatment Plant
Other Waste – Waste Disposal Site
Energy/Electricity – Ontario Hydro