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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.

Local First 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 treaty-established reserve.


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.

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Coordinates: 48°37′44″N 86°16′30″W / 48.62889°N 86.275°W / 48.62889; -86.275



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