History of Flying Post First Nation
Flying Post First Nation is an Ojibway and Cree First Nation located north-west of Timmins along Ground Hog River. In 1906, the Flying Post First Nation lands were recognized in a ‘Schedule Of Reserves’ in the Treaty 9 document which established which lands belonged to which groups.
When the Treaty 9 documents were signed, the original Chief of the Flying Point First Nation, Chief Black Ice, realized that they were given a poor location in the official signing, which caused members to relocate and join other communities.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that Flying Post First Nation members began to organize themselves during the formation of First Nation political events. Currently, the Chief of Flying Post First Nation is Chief Ray Murray. He has held this position for more than 20 years.
In 1906, Treaty 9 became one of the 11 post-Confederation Numbered Treaties. It is commonly known as the “James Bay Treaty,” since the eastern edge of the treaty territory is the shore of James Bay in northern Ontario, Canada.
Treaty 9’s purpose was to acquire the interests of the resident Cree and Ojibwe peoples lands and useful supplies and resources to allow for settlement and resource development.
Like the other treaties, Treaty 9 contains fishing and hunting rights, the creation of reserves, education and hunting rights, and provisions for cash treaty payments.
Flying Post First Nation is one of the 49 communities that fall under the boundaries of Treaty 9.
Wabun Tribal Council
Incorporated under the province of Ontario Business Corporation act, as a non-profit organization, the Wabun Tribal Council uses culturally-appropriate programming, and innovation to provide valuable and effective services to the First Nations.
The principal role of Wabun is to organize and provide health services, education, governance, and economic and resource development. Under the direction of member First Nations, Wabun works to improve public relations, regional planning, policy development, and political advocacy to enhance the opportunities for prosperity for the communities it serves.
Flying Point First Nations joined the Wabun Tribal Council in 2007.