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Did you know Fort William First Nation has a Members Fitness Facility? Be sure to check out the Arena website for Ice Times and Events.
Fort William First Nation, in partnership with the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund, is proud to announce its second annual Mining and Economic Development Conference on March 24, 25, and 26, 2014.
Come join and play Mountain Bingo. Be sure to check out the website for calendar of events and schedules. Click the link above.

FAQ

1. Does the First Nation have a website?

Yes. http://www.fwfn.com/

2. Does the First Nation do off reserve email newsletters and mailouts?

Yes. Go to our website and scroll to bottom of home page. Enter your email and you will be subscribed to receive all e-mails in relation to the First Nation. Or click here http://eepurl.com/DKMwD

3. Does the First Nation have an Official Facebook Page?

Yes. https://www.facebook.com/fortwilliamfirstnation Remember to like the page so that information will come up in your news feed.

4. Where can I find department budgets?

The current fiscal year budgets are online and available for download.  We encourage everyone to take the time to review them by going to this link. http://fwfn.com/department-budgets-projects/

5. Where can I find Policies of the First Nation?

Online and at the Office.  These policies are those of the Administration, developed by the First Nation Administration.  These are not codes or laws, they are only tools to help the office manage themselves in a fair and equitable manner. http://fwfn.com/resources/fwfn-policies/

6. I don't like the FWFN Personnel Policy Manual and I feel it is discriminatory. How to I change it?

The FWFN Personnel Policy Manual was approved by Council of the day on March 7th, 2012. This is not a code or law. It is an administrative policy. It can be changed and amended. Bring your issue to Council by putting yourself on the Agenda.

7. Who makes the Laws and Codes of the First Nation?

You. The membership does. There is a governance committee that meets to draft up all codes and laws relevant to FWFN. When they complete the draft they will present it to members for approval. This will be done through community consultation.

8. Where can I find the Laws and Codes of the First Nation?

Currently FWFN is in the process of developing its own codes and laws. Right now the governance committee headed by community members work together on the membership code that will replace the current one. These codes once approved by membership will then become the enforcing law of the First Nation. There are many aspects of laws and codes that need to be developed and voted on by the membership. Once we as a Nation have all this in place, it will then become part of our Constitution, make our First Nation fully self-governed.

9. How do I get a job with FWFN?

Apply. New job postings are available online. http://fwfn.com/resources/employment-opportunities-2/

 

1. How do I contact my Chief or Councilors?

 

By email, or phone if they provided it. http://fwfn.com/chief-and-council/current-chief-and-council/

 

2. How often does Chief and Council meet? And can I attend these meetings and put myself on the Agenda?

 

Council meets up to 4 times per month, an increase from the previous 2. If you would like to be on the Agenda please contact the Office and they will direct you to the appropriate person in charge.

 

3. Are Chief and Council drug tested when elected?

 

Yes. It is currently voluntary, and those that do take the test are posted on the website. http://fwfn.com/chief-and-council/healthy-lifestyles/

 

4. Where can I find the Council Minutes for the First Nation? And how often are they updated on the website?

 

Here. http://fwfn.com/chief-and-council/council-minutes/
New minutes are posted once Council ratifies the minutes. It is then added shortly after to the link above. In-camera meetings are not put on website as they usually pertain to personnel issues.

 

5. Can I be on Council and hold a job with the First Nation?

 

No. You cannot be your own boss.  It is a conflict of interest of the First Nation to hold 2 positions.  This was changed in 2012 due to former Councilors also being Administrators and employees of Fort William First Nation.  Measures were proactively taken by Council to see that this new policy is adhered to.

 

6. Am I allowed to run for Council if I have a job with the First Nation in the next election?

 

Yes. You are only required to take a leave of absence once you accept your nomination. If you are successful then you will NOT be able to continue employment with FWFN. If you are unsuccessful to get elected your job will be waiting for you.

 

7. I don't like what Chief and Council are doing, how can I stop them from making decisions?

 

Chief and Council are an elected body of members by the community. They are tasked to make decisions on behalf of all members.  There will always be decisions not everyone agrees with, but Council looks out for the best interest of all.  You have the vote as membership, to make change, and elect who you feel will best represent you.

 

 

Housing

1. What is the loan amount for home builders that the First Nation will co-sign for?

$120,000. This amount was recently increased from the $45,000 that was insufficient to build a suitable home with. This new loan amount is based on bank criteria and credit check.  If you are successful in get the proper documentation, you are then tasked to meet with Council for the approval of co-signing. 

2. Are housing subsidies available?

No. Not at present time. This will be reintroduced in the future. This program was stopped in past years.  We hope to be able to start the subsidy program again.

Education and Employment Training

3. Where can I get information about post-secondary schooling and funding, and where do I apply?

Information about Education and Employment Training can be found here. http://fwfn.com/government/education/
Post-Secondary applications can also be found on this page for download.

4. How much money will I get for school, books and a uniform if required?

That is all dependent on your situation. You are best to contact the First Nation and the department responsible for that. http://fwfn.com/government/education/

Health and Social

5. Where do I find information about Health Programs and Social Services (Welfare)?

Here. http://fwfn.com/government/health-and-social/.  In addition you can also find forms and documentation related to specific departments by going to this link. http://fwfn.com/resources/forms/

Lands and Property Management

6. I want to build or buy a house on the First Nation, what are the steps?

If you are looking to obtain a lot of land on the First Nation you need to contact Tina Morriseau, Lands Administrator. (807) 623.9543 Ext 242
If you have land already all you need to do is go to your bank and get the approval and credit check to bring to Council, from there Council will approve your request if you meet the banks requirements.

Culture and Recreation

1.  Are there activities available to the community members of the First Nation?

Absolutely.  The times and dates of all activities are available in our e-mail newsletter, by mail, online and through our Facebook page.

 

1. How often are General Community meetings held?

Quarterly.  4 (four) times a year.  These meetings are open to all community members of the First Nation and we invite everyone to attend.  In addition to these, Audit and Committee meetings are also held in conjunction with specific departments of the First Nation.  You can find all dates and times of meetings through our website, e-mail and regular general delivery.

2. Where can I view these meetings? And what if I live out of town?

The General Community Meetings are normally held at the Community Centre (Bingo Hall). For off reserve members we recently introduced live streaming for General Community Meetings and Audit Meetings. You can watch those live when they happen at this link. http://fwfn.com/chief-and-council/live-council-broadcast/

 

1. Are my children entitled to receive money for sports and activities through the First Nation?

Yes. $500 for each child per year. You have to bring in receipt to Office for reimbursement. http://fwfn.com/upload/2014/03/Youth-Programming-Fund.pdf

 

 

1. Where can I view the financial audits of the First Nation?

Here. http://fwfn.com/government/annual-reports/
As of March 31st, 2013. The First Nation is required to also post the Salary, Honoraria and Travel of Chief and Council on the website. This will be for the fiscal year of 2013-2014 which will end on March 31st, 2014.

 

 

 

Where can I find information about Land Claims and Trusts?

http://fwfn.com/resources/land-claims-and-trusts/
Also FWFN will update the Community if there is relevant news related to a Land Claim.

How do I get my distribution money from land claims?

You have to make sure your banking information is up-to-date, you can do this by contacting the Band office, or visiting the website and filling out the proper form. For those members who live in other countries, it will be mailed to you.

 

 

1. Is there a staff directory that I can get?

Yes. http://www.fwfn.com/government/staff-directory-2/

2. What is the contact for the First Nation?

90 Anemki Dr, Suite 200
Thunder Bay, ON
P7J1L3

P: 1 (807) 623.9543
P: 1 (866) 892.8687
F: 1 (807) 623.5190

 

 

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Former Chief Howard Bannon

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    Chief Georjann Morriseau
    A community is defined by more than its geography. A community is people living together, taking care of each other, having time for each other. I believe that we’re stronger together than we are alone, that this community succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same standards. We need to be focused on building a community that lasts, a community that lifts up all our members. Communities that work, take work. All the things that make us love where we live. Things we have and hold in common: our culture, employment, decent housing, education, family, economic development, and most of all our Elders and youth. A system that addresses all aspects of our well-being. A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the community, not as it is, but as it should be. We need to strive to build a society in which every one of our members can reach their full potential. Such progress is judged by how the community cares for and supports one another. That means protecting the vulnerable and ensuring that every member has access to high quality social programs. That also means working to keep our community secure, to ensure our children grow up in a world of mutual respect and safe surroundings. A strong community means creating opportunities for our youth. They are an integral part of our future, as they are our emerging leaders and will be the success of tomorrow.
    CEO Michael Hardy
    Since joining the Fort William First Nation team I have participated in many discussions, at Council meetings, staff meetings and with individual members. The message that I have heard is that we must all work together to ensure that children are provided with a brighter future. I have heard also that as we look at the past and plan for the future, we must stay committed and continuously remind ourselves that it is our sacred obligation to ensure a safe and prosperous community for all to enjoy. The future is exciting for the community and as we gather and meet to create a vision for days to come, we must continue listening to our membership. The unity of our decisions will make us stronger as we are faced with new challenges. With your ongoing support we welcome the challenges ahead.
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