Flying PostFirst Nation
Flying Post First Nation was formerly an independent First Nation in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN), and joined the Wabun Tribal Council in 2007. Flying Posts priorities include encouraging its members to pursue educational and professional ambitions and to create sustainable economy for the Nation that will create prosperity for future generations.
Most of the First Nation members are located near Nipigon, but others live in different parts of the country. The actual Flying Post FN reserve lands are located north-west of Timmins, Ontario along the Ground Hog River, about an hour north of Malette Road just outside the city.
Reserve lands were first established between the government and First Nation people in Northern Ontario through the signing of the Treaty #9 document in 1905 and 1906 and later additional adhesions in 1929 and 1930. In 1906, Flying Post lands were identified in a ‘Schedule Of Reserves’ in the Treaty #9 document and listed the First Nation lands as follows – ‘In the province of Ontario, commencing at a point half a mile south of Six-Mile Rapids, on the east side of Ground Hog River, thence south a distance of four miles, and of sufficient depth to give an area of twenty-three square miles.’
Chief Murray Ray explained that the original signing of the Treaty #9 document with his people included many discrepancies that came out of miscommunication. In the summers of 1905 and 1906 during the signing Treaty #9, Chief Black Ice, the first recognized Chief of Flying Post FN, had been informed of the treaty making process while his people were living near Groundhog River. However, at the time, the Canadian government did not respect the nomadic lifestyle of the Ojibway and Cree people of northern Ontario. As a result, when the document was signed, lands were set aside according to where the people happened to be located that particular time.
Chief Black Ice and his people were then given a tract of land near Timmins as part of the treaty.
Soon after the signing, most of the First Nation people of Flying Post who had signed onto Treaty #9, discovered the treaty lands they were given were in a poor location. It was at this point that members of Flying Post FN, including Chief Black Ice, later became members of other nearby First Nations. Some members moved to different traditional areas and later became part of other First Nations in northern Ontario.
In the 1960s, Flying Post First Nation members began to organize themselves during the formation of First Nation political organizations such as Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN). During this period they re-established themselves as a First Nation entity and elected a Chief and Council to represent their people.
Flying Post First NationContact Information
The actual Flying Post FN reserve lands are located north-west of Timmins, Ontario along the Ground Hog River about an hour north of Malette Road just outside the city.
P.O. Box 1178, Chapleau, Ontario P0M 1K0
Tel: (705) 864-0174
Fax: (705) 864-1960