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.


Community Engagement Session

The Membership Code Working Group is holding a Community Engagement Session to review the results of the Online Survey.

Tuesday July 12, 2022 @ 11am

Lunch to be provided, CLICK HERE to view flyer.

COMMUNITY MEETING - Monday, 09 May 2022

When: Monday, 09 May 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.

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Windfarm Legacy Trust Logo Contest!

Help us create an extraordinary logo for HIFN Windfarm Legacy Trust. This logo will be the face of the Trust. Any registered Member of HIFN can apply. We strongly encourage our youth to apply, lets see your creativity! Please submit your logo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can mail to address provided. Deadline for Contest is December 5, 2021. Please CLICK HERE to view flyer for more info on how and when to submit your submission.

Job Postings

Senior Office Manager

Pickerel Contracting Ltd. is currently seeking a full-time Senior Office Manager to join our team. The Senior Office Manager reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing all administrative, clerical and office support services for Pickerel Contracting Ltd., ensuring all directives are met. The Senior Office Manager will perform various human resources tasks including full-cycle recruitment, onboarding/offboarding, employee training, policy implementation, workplace investigations, and benefit administration, ensuring compliance with all applicable health and safety and employment legislation.

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Early Childhood Education Worker (2 Positions)

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a qualified full-time Early Childhood Education Worker to join our Administration. The ECE Worker reports to the Daycare Supervisor and is responsible for providing supervision and direct childcare to children attending the HIFN Daycare, in compliance with all regulatory standards required by federal, provincial and First Nations legislation, policies and procedures.

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Executive Assistant

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant to join our Administration. The Executive Assistant reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible for providing high-level administrative support to the executive team. The Executive Assistant serves as a primary contact for all internal and external requests for senior management and acts as a liaison to Chief and Council, community members and all other organizations and government agencies.

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Water Treatment Operator Trainee

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a Water Treatment Operator Trainee to join our Administration for a short-term contract May 2022 to March 2023. The Water Treatment Operator Trainee reports to the Water Treatment Plant Operator and is responsible for learning the quality control measures that go into providing Henvey Inlet First Nation with safe, potable drinking water. The Water Treatment Operator Trainee will be
expected to engage in the continuous learning and training required to prepare for successful completion of the Operator in Training Exam. This position requires a high degree of self-motivation and a strong work ethic.

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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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