Eagle Lake First Nation is a beautiful community along the North East shores of Eagle Lake, and is part of the 28 communities of the Treaty #3 Region.

The Ojibwe community is approximately 25 km southwest of Dryden and a two hour drive from the U.S. border. Eagle Lake’s total registered population as of April 2016 is 630 residents.

Eagle Lake First Nation is under the Bimose Tribal Council (BTC) Political Territorial Organization, Grand Council Treaty #3 which was signed on October 3, 1873.

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake First Nation operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation. Eagle Lake is proud to own the first “healthy house” in North America, a home built using environmentally friendly technology and materials, and powered by the wind and sun. Eagle Lake is said to get its name from the great number of eagles that were originally in the area and are still there today. The community is also well known for its sacred rock paintings and vivid history.

Quick Facts




Day to Day Operations


Our services include, but are not limited to, a Bingo Palace, the Eagle Lake Contracting Heavy Equipment services and 3 private home-based catering businesses. Eagle Lake also operates an artificial ice arena that is used extensively by the community. Eagle Lake will be building its own Family Treatment Centre soon and currently houses a Health Centre and K-6 school and Adult Learning Centre. With running water, a water tower and water treatment centre, Eagle Lake continues to offer better services and quality of life for the people in the community.

Cultural Activities and Events


Cultural activities and events take place throughout the year, including Pow-wows, community sweats, sharing circles, arts and crafts, traditional healing and elders activities, community feasts, Family Halloween and New Year’s Eve dances, winter carnival, science fair, fish derbies and hockey tournaments. Our community hall is available for community members to book for activities and events.


The land is the source of all life and teachings.

Maanachi Totaa-aki – keeping the land is a responsibility we have, we took care of our lands in the past. The land gives and teaches us about Bimaatizowin (Good Life). The stories and legends drawn from the natural world are passed down to educate and teach us about Bimaatizowin, past, present and future.

Ka kina kego naapsin tells us that everything is interconnected and that we must live in harmony with the natural world and maintain balance in order to have a good life.

Maanchi chi’ ga’win is to follow good management practices and use of the resources, in order to ensure continuation and health of the resources, have respect for the law of nature, and to be careful against any act of destruction or interrupting nature’s cycle.

Aangwaamiziwin is about being careful in our decision making, for our community and this guides our actions, and interactions, so we must consider everyone, everything, past, present and future.

Kike’daasowin – is to educate all Kiiniijaninaanig (our children) and the people to achieve broad community wisdom and knowledge about the laws, beliefs and values of Anishinabeg.


Employees whose work is reflective of their accountability, commitment, professionalism and sensitivity in providing quality service to meet the needs of it’s people.

The utilization of internal and external resources in a manner which is reflective of priorities of the community.

A cohesive team and integrated approach amongst staff and departments to ensure quality service delivery.

Programs & Services

  • Administration (Band Office)
  • Early Childhood Development Center
  • Early Childhood Development Center, Brighter Futures
  • Early Childhood Development Center, Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Economic Development and Community Planning
  • Education Department
  • Education Department, Migisi Sahgaigan School
  • Health Centre
  • Health Services, Community Wellness
  • Health Services, Home Care
  • Health Services, Mental Health & Addictions
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program
  • Health Services, Referral Clerk
  • Housing Department
  • Indian Registry
  • Lands and Resources
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits
  • Operations and Maintenance

Community Timeline

Treaty #3 was signed


Hudson's Bay Company Store


Alex Singleton had a farm where the old ball fields are now


Town of Dryden incorporated


First area lodge was built - Eagle Lake Lodge


Maurice Gardner enlisted with the Canadian Army


Sky Family


Migisi Sahgaigan school first began


Eagle Lake Contracting was founded


The Six-Plex was built


Northern Healthy House was constructed


Water Treatment Plant and Water Tower was constructed


Treaty #3 Police


Grand opening of Migisi Sahgaigan school


Day Care Centre was built


Declaration Created


Roundhouse built


Pow Wow Upgrade


Bingo Hall Addition


Youth Centre Upgrade


Water Main Upgrades