About Us

 

Our organization was federally incorporated in December 1987.  Our first office was located on Main St. in Kenora but our head address has always remained at Washagmis Bay or what is known today as Obashkaandagaang.  Kakina Economic Development Corporation, a company owned by our organization, acquired the 598 and 580 Lakeview Drive properties in 1989, which remains our office to this day.  

Our name Bimose comes from the Anishinaabe word “to walk” and was given to us by an elder as a reminder to “always walk with all our Member First Nations”. This is reflected in our vision statement.  Our office at 598 Lakeview Drive serves as a sacred location as well.  The building is a sacred lodge, and through elder direction and teachings is kept by our Executive Director.  These teachings and directions that we have received by elders throughout the years have been incorporated into our mandate, mission and vision statements.

Our Tribal Council is owned and directed by 10 Anishinaabe communities in Northwestern Ontario:

Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation, Lac des Mill Lacs First Nation, Obashkaandagaang First Nation, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation, Shoal Lake #40 First Nation, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Wabauskang First Nation, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation.


A Message from the Executive Director:

It is a very exciting time for our four organizations: Bimose Tribal Council, Kakina Economic Development Group Non-Profit, Kakina Economic Development Group Limited partnership and Kiizhik Education Corporation.

Collectively, our organizations continue to provide a full range of services as directed by our communities. With the continued hard work and commitment of everyone, we will continue to grow for years to come. We currently have several programs in place and in development stages including education, language, economic development, capital & water, and youth driven initiatives.

The Board of Directors has been diligent in representing our communities. The Directors are honoured to represent our First Nations and to be tasked as a group to ensure the delivery of quality services. We follow a traditional path. Feasts are held in the Spring and Fall, traditional openings and closings are conducted at meetings and an Elder is invited from the host community to attend Board Meetings. We also initiate any major activity by following our traditional protocols.

An exciting development is the continuing success of our Anishinaabe School. Last year, we graduated 12 high school, 1 grade 8, and 7 kindergarten students at a beautiful, traditional  ceremony. We have completed phase 2 of major renovations. For the 2017-18 school year, we accessed full tuition support for all of our students which enabled us to offer bussing, additional professional staff, and an array of extracurricular activities. We have also completed a high school feasibility study as we will need to have facilities in place to meet our growing number of students.

The school would not have been possible without our First Nation leadership, guidance of our Elders, and the tireless effort of many of our staff. The First Nations are to be congratulated and we celebrate this major accomplishment. Our students now receive the quality, language and culture based education that they are entitled to.

Our technical unit continues to offer advisory services to our First Nations. We provide fire inspection, housing inspection, and professional engineering as part of these services.


Our housing staff was key to accessing several millions of new housing dollars for our communities. Over the year, we provided project management for several major projects.

Safe drinking water continues to be a priority of our First Nations. Our commitment to safe water continues with our highly qualified technician being available to trouble shoot and assist with major projects. We now have our HUB project in place which provides  24/7 emergency services to our communities, training, and relief for our community water operators.

Miigwetch to our member communities and to the Council of Chiefs for their direction and support. We look forward to the coming years as we continue to provide professional services as directed by our communities.

Don Morrison - Executive Director

 
Executive Director

Vision Statement

We walk to strengthen our Anishinaabe way and our goal is to build a better, stronger, healthier life for the Anishinaabeg

Mission Statement

Bimose Tribal Council strives to provide our member communities with responsible, relevant, and quality advisory & professional services and program delivery.  

We fully support our Anishinaabe governments in their quest to enhance the quality of life of the Anishinaabeg.  

We endeavor to integrate our culture and tradition into all of our activities and to be an open, transparent, and innovative organization.

Our Mandate

The Organization, its governing structures and agencies, will do all that is required by member First Nations, to advance First Nation’s Interests. The Board of Directors were then entrusted to implement certain specific organizational tasks such as Formulating appropriate programs and services, within budgeted revenues, to meet community needs

  • Establishing required policies and strategies to complement our programs and services ensuring communities receive maximum benefits
  • Promoting self-government and self-determination
  • Assisting in the transfer of authority, responsibility and accountability to each First Nation
  • Continually evolving to meet First Nations’ changes in their workplace, including administrative and technological environments

Bimose Tribal Council provides Advisory Services in the following areas:

  • First Nations Governance
  • Technical Services/Community and Capital Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Membership Services (Status/Treaty Cards)
Mandate | Vision | Mission

Head Office

Washagamis Bay 38A,
P.O. Box 1200,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3X7

Central Office


598 Lakeview Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3P7

Contact

Phone: 807-468-5551

Fax: 807-468-3908


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