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Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation (or "Pic
River" for short) is an Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) First Nation band on
the north shore of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Pic River. Pic River is not
a signatory to the Robinson
Superior treaty. The community is located on 316.6 ha Pic
River 50 Indian reserve. In November, 2007, their
total registered population was 964 people, of which their
on-reserve population was 480.
The mouth of the Pic River has been a center of native trade and
settlement for thousands of years. It was a strategic location in
the region's water transportation network because it offered access
to northern lands and a canoe route to James Bay. The halfway point
for canoers travelling the north shore of Lake Superior, "the Pic"
first appeared on European maps in the mid-seventeenth century.
Nations peoples traded furs with the French as early as the
1770s. A French fur
trader set up a permanent post around 1792. The Hudson's Bay Company set up a
permanent post in 1821 until encroaching settlement let to its
relocation in 1888. In 1914, their Pic River 50 became a
Pic River hosts an annual pow wow in late August. The First Nation is
active in economic and workforce development, with interests in
nearby hydroelectric generating plants on the
Kagiano and Black rivers.
The current electoral leadership of the council consists of
Chief Arthur Fisher and nine councillors: Jerald DesMoulin, John
DesMoulin, Simone DesMoulin, Joseph Goodchild, Kenneth Lees, Arnold
Michano, Duncan Michano, Jamie Michano and Wayne Twance. Their
two-year term began on October 1, 2007.
Coordinates: 48°37′44″N 86°16′30″W / 48.62889°N