Bimose Tribal Council Inc.

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.



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
Phone: (807) 468-5551  ext. 227





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)



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.



Member First Nations


The listed Ojibway First Nations have committed themselves to the present Bimose Tribal Council. 

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Office Phone (807) 925-2652

Toll Free Phone 1-800-668-1790

Fax (807) 925-2649



Office Phone (807) 548-5876

Toll Free Phone 1-888-767-4960

Fax (807) 548-2334



Office Phone (807) 755-5526

Fax (807) 755-5696



Office Phone (807) 733-2315

Fax (807) 733-3155


Office Phone (807) 733-3318

Fax (807) 733-2871



Office Phone (807) 529-3174

Fax (807) 529-3007


Office Phone (807) 622-9835 

Fax (807) 622-9866



Office Phone (807) 938-6684

Fax (807) 938-1166


Office Phone (807) 543-2532

Fax (807) 543-2964



Office Phone (807) 927-2000

Fax (807) 927-2071 



Board of Directors


Each Board of Director is delegated by each member First Nation, by BCR, to represent their community at Tribal Council events. The Board Members also participate in programs/services through the Executive, Finance, Personnel, and the Economic Development committees.

The Board Members contribute their expertise at the Board Meetings; committee meetings; observing at regional or national events; or at workshops. 

The Board will provide the Tribal Council staff with specific direction through the general or specific review of the By Law.

Downloadable PDFs' of the Bimose Tribal Council Contact and Committee information can be found at the bottom of page.


Board Committees

Board of Director - Chair Person Charlene Mandamin Iskatewizaagegan #39
Board of Director - Vice Chair Vernon Redsky Shoal Lake First Nation
Board of Director - Secretary/Treasurer Tyson Williams Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Board of Director Stella Sinclair Obashkaandagaang
Board of Director Irma Churchill Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Board of Director Fabian Blackhawk Ochiichagwe-Babigo'Ining First Nation
Board of Director JoAnne Petiquan Wabauskang First Nation
Board of Director Bill Fobister Asubpeeschoseewagong N.A
Board of Director Leonard Fisher Wabaseemoong Independent Nation
Board of Director Bob Gardner Eagle Lake First Nation
Chairperson Charlene Mandamin Iskatewizaagegan #39
Vice Chair Vernon Redsky Shoal Lake First Nation
Secretary/Treasurer Tyson Williams Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Committee Member Tyson Williams Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Committee Member JoAnne Petiquan Wabauskang First Nation
Committee Member Irma Churchill Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Alternate Bob Gardner Eagle Lake First Nation
Committee Member Bill Fobister Asubpeeschoseewagong N.A
Committee Member Bob Gardner Eagle Lake First Nation
Committee Member Irma Churchill Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Alternate Leonard Fisher Wabaseemoong Independent Nation
Committee Member Vernon Redsky Shoal Lake First Nation
Committee Member Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining First Nation
Committee Member Charlene Mandamin Iskatewizaagegan #39
Alternate Bill Fobister Asubpeeschoseewagong N.A
Committee Member Tyson Williams Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Committee Member JoAnne Petiquan Wabauskang First Nation
Committee Member Irma Churchill Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Committee Member Charlene Mandamin Iskatewizaagegan #39
Alternate Bob Gardner Eagle Lake First Nation
Committee Member Vernon Redsky Shoal Lake First Nation
Committee Member Drew Kivil Migisi Sahgaigan
Committee Member Julia Mandamin Mizhakiiwetung Memorial
Committee Member Gwen Redsky Ojibwe Heritage School
Committee Member Randy Paishk David Kejick School
Committee Member Delores Medicine Baibombeh
Committee Member Jamie Gigolyk Wabigoon Lake First Nation

Board Contact List

Asubpeeschoseewagong N.A Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Bill Fobister

(807) 925-2201


Vernon Redsky

(807) 733-2315


Eagle Lake First Nation Obashkaandagaang First Nation

Bob Gardner



Stella Sinclair

(807) 543-2532


Iskatewizaagegan #39 Wabauskang First Nation

Charlene Mandamin

(807) 733-3318


JoAnne Petiquan

(807) 529-3174


Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining First Nation Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation

Fabian Blackhawk

(807) 548-5876


Tyson Williams

(807) 938-6684


Lac Des Mille Lac First Nation Wabaseemoong Independant Nation

Irma Churchill

(807) 622-9835


Leonard Fisher

(807) 927-2000








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