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.


Draft Membership Code Consultation Meeting 

In person: At the Firehall


Time: November 28, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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Draft Membership Code Consultation Meeting 

In person: At the Firehall


Time: November 27, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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Community Christmas Party 2022

Saturday December 10, 2022 @ 5pm HIFN Fire Hall

Please come join us for Our Annual Community Christmas Party, This will be the first one we had since 2019!

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Job Postings

General Carpenter

Pickerel Contracting Ltd. is currently seeking a full-time General Carpenter to join our team. The General Carpenter reports to the Site Supervisor and is responsible for assisting with construction and maintaining residences and buildings. The General Carpenter will also assist with building, restoring and/or installing of structural woodwork and related materials of active projects. This position requires excellent physical stamina and a strong work ethic.

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Band Representatives (2 Positions)

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking Two full-time Band Representatives to join our Administration. The Band Representative reports to the Band Representative Lead and is responsible to represent and advocate for Henvey Inlet First Nation members that are involved with any child welfare agencies throughout Canada. This position requires exceptional interpersonal communication skills and strong organization skills

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Housing and Finance Assistant

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Housing and Finance Assistant to join our Administration. The Housing and Finance Assistant reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible for coordinating preventative maintenance for all Band-owned housing units and supervising all housing maintenance and repairs. The Housing and Finance Assistant receives and reviews all housing applications and inquiries, and, in collaboration with the Housing Committee, recommends tenants to Chief and Council for vacant units in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth in the Housing Policy.

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Health News

Notice for Off-Reserve Members 

re: medical transportation

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Non-Insured health benefits – Program Updates

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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