1761
Mid 1800’s
Before 1800
1836
1840
1850
1851
1859
1862
1865
1868
1870’s
1875
1878-1888
1881
1883
1890-1891
1891
1896
1897
1906
1906-1907
1920’s
1920
1920’s to 1930’s
1929
Early 1930’s
1931-2007
1933
1934
1940 – 1942
1943
1940 – 1950
1960’s – 1970’s
Early 1960’s
1962
1960 – 1965
Late 1960’s
1969
1971
1972
1973
1979
1980’s
1981
1982
1984
1985 – 1990
1988 – 1990
1992
1995
1997
2000
2001
2004
2005
2007
2008
2009
2010

1761

1_1761

Alexander Henry reaches island called LaCloche which is inhabited by a large village of Indians.

1761

Mid 1800’s

2_mid-1800s

The timber industry replaces the fur trade industry, settlement moves from Wardrope Island to Old Birch Island (mainland).

Before Chief Shawanosowe, Ogimaa White Porcupine.

Mid 1800’s

Before 1800

Ogimaa Giigdid.

Before 1800

1836

The Bond Head Treaty is signed by Chief Shawanosowe.

1836

1840

Chief Shawanosowe and family are listed as residing in Manitowaning.

1840

1850

3_1850

In September, Chief Wabakekik is the 4th signer of the Robinson Huron Treaty.

Hudson Bay Post located at “French Town”, McGregor Point.

1850

1851

French Trading Post located at French town. Old Village area known as French town.

Survey work on Whitefish River First Nation #4. The size of the reserve recorded in the treaty did not match the expectation of Chief Waubekeke. John Dennis is the surveyor.

1851

1859

4_1859

In May, Crown approves a lease of a mill located on the Whitefish River First Nation to William Cayley. It is a 21 year lease with an annual rent of $50.

1859

1862

The Manitoulin Treaty is signed by Chief Paibomsai.

The treaty is signed by Ogimaa Beness, Baibomsai and Keg-hik-god-beness all members of Whitefish River Band.

1862

1865

August 19, a surrender of the northern portion of Whitefish River is taken. The surrendered land is sold for the benefit of the band.

1865

1868

Chief Baibomsai and his daughters are recorded as residents on the mainland reserve of Whitefish River.

1868

1870’s

5_1870s

Band surrenders North portion of reserve to government.

Chief Paibomsai writes a letter to Governor General, sites 7 generations of chiefs that he is told about.

1870’s

1875

Chief John Nahwegahbow protests sale of islands by the Crown. A letter is sent to the Governor General.

Whitefish River First Nation send petition to Indian Branch seeking reassurance about their reserve. They trace their chiefs from Shawanosowe, Waubekeke, Ogimaa Benais to Baibomsai.

1875

1878-1888

7_1878-1888

Chief John Nahwegahbow is the first Chief to receive pay as Chief, $50/year.

The band arrange that their chief be paid $50 annually.

1878-1888

1881

Whitefish River receives formal education.

Buchner buys LaCloche Island.

Protest sale of LaCloche Island by Chief John Nahwegahbow to Governor General.

1881

1883

6_1883

School is operated in Whitefish River First Nation.

1883

1890-1891

Arthur Manitowashing, son of Baibomsai and grandson of Shawenouseway calls LaCloche Asin-ma-twai-wai, “Gives oral history of Bell Rocks”.

1890-1891

1891

79 members are living on Whitefish River #4.

1891

1896

8_1896

August 21 Band members are no longer receiving 1862 treaty interest money despite having been party to the treaty.

1896

1897

Chief James Nahwegahbow writes letter requesting band be allowed to retain Birch Island (Wardrop Island).

1897

1906

9_1906

Railway goes through Whitefish River First Nation.

1906

1906-1907

10_1906-1907

Settlement movies from old Birch Island to the western part of the mainland, which we now know as Whitefish River First Nation.

1906-1907

1920’s

WRFN known as Ponsett Station.

1920’s

1920

11_1920

Hawkin’s Saw mill site established until 1980’s.

1920

1920’s to 1930’s

Anglican Church switches to Roman Catholic.

1920’s to 1930’s

1929

The first post master is Augustine McGregor.

1929

Early 1930’s

12_early1930s

Highway 68 runs through community.

Prior to 1931 the school is located in the small white church.

Early 1930’s

1931-2007

Shawanosowe School is located on the Bay of Islands Road.

1931-2007

1933

University of Michigan, Dr. E. Greenmail takes human remains.

1933

1934

13_1934

Shawanosowe School, Christmas Concerts begin.

1934

1940 – 1942

Church built, St. Gabriel La Lemonte.

1940 – 1942

1943

August 1-3, President Franklin D. Rosevelt is vacationing in Whitefish River. Some community members are guides on his fishing trips in our waters. His vacation is just prior to the historic Québec conference.

1943

1940 – 1950

14_1940-1950

Old Cemetery closes at old village road. New cemetery opens at current location.

1940 – 1950

1960’s – 1970’s

Television series “Adventures in Rainbow Country” is filmed at Rainbow Lodge in Whitefish River.

1960’s – 1970’s

Early 1960’s

15_early1960s

Americans buy islands in McGregor Bay and Bay of Islands.

Rebecca McGregor and Victoria McGregor are the first two women to become councillors in Whitefish River.

Early 1960’s

1962

Art Nahwegahbow is chief and also had a part on the Television series, “Adventures in Rainbow Country”

1962

1960 – 1965

The road that runs through Whitefish River is widened.

1960 – 1965

Late 1960’s

16_late-1960s

Canada Cement searches for lime stone in the Old Village Road area.

Late 1960’s

1969

October 8th, logo is changed from Indian hear to a river with a birchbark canoe and birch trees.

1969

1971

Whitefish River’s first Logo designed by Nancy Jacko.

1971

1972

Lafarge is established in the Community.

School name is changed from Birch Island Day School to Shawanosowe School.

1972

1973

17_1973

First Winter Carnival.

1973

1979

18_1979

Whitefish River First Nation is quarantined for virus diphtheria.

1979

1980’s

Old community hall is the Band Office today.

Redesign of current community logo.

A series of films are shot in the Community.

1980’s

1981

19_1981

Dave Nahwegahbow is the first Lawyer from the community.

Whitefish River joins first Tribal Council in Canada, UCCM under Chief James McGregor.

1981

1982

Leona Nahwegahbow is the first woman chief elected in Whitefish River First Nation.

1982

1984

20_1984

Health centre is located beside band office.

1984

1985 – 1990

The railway that ran through Whitefish River First Nation is gone.

1985 – 1990

1988 – 1990

21_1988-1990

WRHN Community Centre is built.

1988 – 1990

1992

May 19th, 25 year anniversary of the Administration Office.

1992

1995

710 area settlement of land.

1995

1997

22_1997

New water treatment plant.

1997

2000

Fibre optics goes through Whitefish River First Nation via Hwy 6.

2000

2001

23_2001

New board posted on  Hwy 6.

Reconstruction of POW WOW grounds, new arbor built, located  at sunshine alley.

WRFN first department is constructed.

2001

2004

June 11, Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman visits Shawanosowe School and reads a story to the children.

Veterans Memorial established.

New community landfill site.

Community colours Blue and White re-established as well as up-dated community flag.

New housing in village using CMHC (55 units).

2004

2005

24_2005

Return of human remains from the University of Michigan taken in 1933.

Whitefish River First Nation sends their first girls team to the Little NHL. Thirteen young girls aged 12-14, donned their red and white Thunderwolves jerseys and proved that they belonged in the tournament.

June 18, the Stanley Cup arrives in Birch Island for the annual minor hockey banquet.

New Maple Height sub-division built.

Band Finalized 20 year capital plan, 2005 – 2025

2005

2007

New Shawanosowe School opens on Maple Heights.

Whitefish River Hosts U.O.I. (Union of Ontario Indians) Grand Council.

2007

2008

Grand re-opening of community centre.

Grand re-opening of New Rainbow Lodge, Chief Franklin Paibomsai, Violet McGregor and Carol Hughes are present.

Shaking tent ceremonies are held at Rainbow Lodge.

Whitefish River First Nation appears in the book, VISITS WITH LORD STANLEY.

New health centre opens in Whitefish River First Nation on Rainbow Ridge.

AFN declares a National Day of protest. The start point is at WRFN and there is a gathering of FN’s at the community hall.

Youth Centre located in Health Centre building.

2008

2009

Construction of new water treatment plant.

2009

2010

25_2010

Whitefish River host 39th Annual Little NHL Tournament.

2010
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