BNA Community Mission Statement

"To foster a strong cultural identity and to protect Mother Earth. To provide equal opportunities for all".

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BNA Community Vision Statement

"To grow BNA's economy and become recognized as a sustainable and supportive community where businesses succeed, members thrive and culture is celebrated".

We are Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek - Sand Point First Nation

An Ojibwa First Nation dedicated to serving our generations by creating a self-sustaining and healthy community for today and tomorrow.

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Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek

Sand Point First Nation

The Values that lead BNA’s Economic Development include:

We pro-actively seek out opportunities and are driven to achieve results

We will make sound, sustainable business and financial decisions so we can set our own path and support our people

We consider all perspectives and potential impacts in our decision making and provide equal opportunity to all

We learn from our experiences, the wisdom of our Elders and our mistakes to ensure we are always getting better as we move forward

We welcome and seek out opportunities to partner with our neighbours, local businesses, regional industry and government to achieve the best possible outcome

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek

News and Announcements

Events Calendar

Waste Management Environmental Assessment


Round 2 Public Online Event

Thursday, July 11, 2024

6:00PM-7:30PM Presentation + Q&A Session

Brush Cutting Job Opportunity


Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. is currently recruiting for brush saw operators on the Lake Nipigon Forest!

What is the Job?
Workers will use brush saws to clear vegetation from forestry access roads to improve safety and line of site.
When Can I Start?
Positions are available immediately, and workers will be paid piece work for kilometers completed.

Construction Craft Worker


Runs from: September 03 - December 06, 2024

Thunder Bay, ON

AETS in Co-operation with the Ministry of Labor, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is pleased to offer a Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program in the Construction Craft Worker (405A) Trade.

Program Includes:

  • Cement Finishing
  • Soft Skills Solutions
  • H&S/Continuous Learning
  • Transportation, tools, and work gear provided
  • Up to 12 weeks subsidized work placement

Contact Jordan Rousselle for more information: 1-807-346-0307 ext.216

Gender Journeys


ONWA is offering an LGBT+ program to explore gender and sexual identity and will provide reliable and up-to-date information on these topics for those in the community, questioning, or wanting to learn more. 

It is a safe space to foster community, support, and connection. This group will respect the diversity of gender and sexual expression.

You can contact Gia directly at for more information or to sign up, or at

Mamaweh Neebweedoah Powwow Photos


Miigwetch to all that could come out to our annual powwow! What a beautiful day at Grandview. Please click the link below to see some photos from that day.

Photo & Storytelling Session


As part of the Digital Heritage Project, we are doing another Photo & Storytelling Session as requested at our last band meeting. If you would like to sign up, please contact Jake at or (807) 623-2724 ext.208 to reserve a timeslot between 10AM – 3PM. 

Community Health Information


Hello Everyone, Take a read over this informative poster about Measles.
There has been an increase in the cases of measles in Ontario and we want to make sure everyone stays safe!
If you think you may need a update on your measles vaccine, please contact your Doctor or NP. We have also spoken to ONWA Mindimooyenh Clinic, and they are offering Measles vaccine during their regular office hours.
You can call the Mindimooyenh Clinic at 807-697-1753.

5th Annual Anishinaabe Kwe


Thank you to all of the ladies who were able to make it to such a wonderful event. You may look at all the photos by clicking the link below, and you will have access to download.

Indigenous Tourism Fund Micro and Small Business Stream


The Government of Canada has selected the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) for the Indigenous Tourism Fund Micro and Small Business Stream. This stream offers funding of up to $25,000 per business to help them improve their current category of market readiness (as defined through ITAC’s The Original Original Accreditation Program).


Complete a full application for The Original Original Accreditation Program before applying for the funding

Apply to the Indigenous Tourism Fund Micro and Small Business Stream for up to $25,000 in funding

Mining Rocks! Earth Science Camp


Join in on 3 fun days of activities related to rocks, minerals, earth science, engineering, and mining! It is FREE with a lunch included, but you must sign up by June 23, 2024.

Contact to register.

BNA App Cash Winner!


Miigwetch to everyone who entered the contest to win the cash prize of $150!

Our winner was:
Rob Calder!!

Don’t miss out on updates from us, download the app below.

In Memory of Lawrence Ishkwegaa

January 12, 1975 – April 27, 2024

It is with great sadness, that the family of Lawrence Ishkwegaa (Esquega), age 75, announce his passing in the late hours of April 27, 2024, at Southbridge Lakehead Manor. Lawrence is survived by his daughters Kari Esquega, Selena Esquega, and his son Karhu Esquega, his sisters Lucy Day, Theresa Esquega and Myria Esquega, his numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and his 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Lawrence was predeceased by both his parents Margaret and Victor Esquega, his brothers Victor Esquega, Edward Esquega Sr and Quincy Esquega, and special sister Irene Harper, his nephews Gene Esquega, Edward (Eddie) Esquega Jr, Craig Johnston, Nicky Bannon and Tommy Bannon.

Lawrence was a Councillor and beloved Elder for Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek formerly, Sand Point First Nation. Lawrence loved learning about his Culture, Traditions and Anishinaabemowin.  Lawrence worked on the ships for many, many years, and he loved being around his family, he enjoyed his music and playing the guitar. Lawrence always portrayed a smile and had a contagious laugh. Lawrence liked to participate in his community’s events and was not afraid to voice his opinions at community meetings. Most of all, he was great father and grandad who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Private viewing services were held at Blake’s Funeral Chapel on Monday April 29, 2024, for family and close friends. His immediate family will be taking his ashes to Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek where they plan to hold a small, intimate gathering at his final resting place.

NORCAT Surface Miner Development Series


Learn to Operate:

  • Rock Truck
  • Front End Loader
  • Skid Steer as used in Surface Mining, Construction, and Forestry

Your NORCAT transcript, which includes Surface Miner Program #770210 Common Core, MLITSD Working at Heights, and Red Cross Standard and Psychological First Aid, will be an industry recognized credential ensuring employers that you possess the skills and safety knowledge needed to begin a career using heavy equipment for surface mining, construction or forestry. It rests on core actions that encompass our accreditation: respect, prevent, and protect.

May application deadline: April 19, 2024
September application deadline: August 30, 2023

For more information:
NORCAT Thunder Bay
ph: 1-855-966-7228 x.324

Authorization to Release Personal Information Form


To address the inequities in the Indian Act which applies to the cut off dates of April 17, 1985; please fill out this form and email it to Aandeg Skelly at

For more questions and concerns, please contact Aandeg at (807) 630-1275.

Community Christmas Party


A big thank you to Chondon Photography for capturing all the joy from our Community Christmas Party. To view the photos, please click the link below. If you wish to download these photos, please email for the PIN (band members access only).

New Office Hours


Monday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Tuesday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Wednesday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Thursday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

Newsletter Feature


To all of our entrepreneurs, artists, contractors, businesses… we would like to extend the invite to all of our members to feature advertisement in our newsletters.
For our upcoming newsletter, I will require all copy, images, and logos and/or brand identity by September 22, 2023. This will be designed for you but if you would like creative control please send either a sample design (can be .png) or a working copy (.ai or .indd format only)
Anything sent after that date could still be featured in our Winter or Spring Newsletter.


Community Notice: MacDiarmid Landfill Closure


The MacDairmid Landfill will no longer be operational as of March 31, 2023.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Lands and Environmental Coordinator, Jessica Hubbard, at

Norval Morrisseau "Copper Thunderbird"


After a years-long investigation, the Thunder Bay Police and the OPP have announced the seizure of more than 1,000 alleged fraudulent paintings, prints, and other artworks declared to be Norval Morrisseau’s. The three main groups involved in this case have been producing fraudulent artwork from as early as 1996, being sold from Thunder Bay to around the world.

Norval Morrisseau was a respected and valued member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek.  Our community has been deeply troubled by the proliferation of fake paintings that have hurt the legacy of one of Canada’s most important artists. We are relieved to see the individuals responsible are being held accountable for the damages to his reputation.  We hope that with these arrests made, this difficult chapter is now coming to a close so that we can begin to focus on the great contributions Norval Morrisseau has made through his ground-breaking artwork.  The use of storytelling was an integral part of his paintings.  Through Norval’s storytelling, he was able to share the history and culture of the Anishinaabe peoples of Northern Ontario.

For more information, please contact

Ice Fishing Event Photos


Miigwetch to all who were able to come out to our annual Ice Fishing Event this weekend on the land! It was a great time with amazing food (made by Shelly!), good weather, warm fire, and great people. If you wish to share any of your own photo/video please add them to the form below or email Any photos shared may be included in future newsletters, on the website, or in BNA postings.

Good Food Box


Good Food Boxes will be available on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Recipients must sign up for corresponding programing by the 2nd Monday of each month. Each box contains fresh fruits, garden vegetables, and fresh herbs.

Good Food Box will require the following

Number of children, adults, and seniors in the


Contact information (phone/email)


Ashley Stevenson at

Gloria and Chief Paul Gladu

BNA Christmas Party Photos


Find your Christmas Party photos here! To download, you will require a pin, this can be found on our members only Facebook or by emailing asking for the pin! Please only email if you are a BNA member!



Important Warning: there is an increase in overdoses due to lethal levels of “Royal Blue Dope” (Fentanyl) in street drugs.
Please remember if you or a friend are using drugs to always have a sober companion, carry naloxone, and call 911 if you see any signs of an overdose.
Chief Paul Gladu, Minister Patty Hajdu, Councillor Tracy Gibson

FedNor Funding for PVAWP


On October 13th, Patty Hajdu visited us at our Papasay Sawmill. Art Gladu, Chief Paul Gladu, Councillor Tracy Gibson, Elder Marcel, and Jordan Hatton were able to give her a tour of our facility and showcase our operation. After a smudging ceremony and an opening prayer from Elder Marcel, we could begin an announcement where FedNor invested $1.7 million to expand our Papasay Sawmill!

Councillor Tracy Gibson, Chief Paul Gladu, National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, and Councillor Lillian Calder.

Visit From National Chief RoseAnne Archibald


Miigwetch National Chief RoseAnne Archibald for visiting Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek on October 3rd, 2022!

We were able to give her a tour of our land and showcase the beauty of BNA. What a surprise to us all Chief Roseanne also visited our Satellite office in Thunder Bay the next day and was able to meet Chief & Council again, tour our office, and meet our staff members. Guh waabuhmiigo minnowa (We will see you again) !

Continuing Education


AETS with Biigtigong Nishnaabeg: Endzhi-gkinoohmaading Private High School is offering free credit course(s) leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.