Pikangikum First Nation
The Pikangikum First Nation is an Ojibwe First Nation located on the 1,808-hectare (4,470-acre) Pikangikum 14 Reserve, in Unorganized Kenora District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The main centre is the community of Pikangikum, on Pikangikum Lake on the Berens River, part of the Hudson Bay drainage system; it is approximately 100 kilometres (60 mi) north of the town of Red Lake.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a remote northwestern Ontario reserve help with a housing shortage that the chief says is worse than ever.Trudeau said during a visit to Pikangikum First Nation that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing. He said more and better housing in Indigenous communities is one of his government's priorities.
An Ojibwa community of 3,000 people, Pikangikum First Nation has had roots in northwestern Ontario’s Whitefeather Forest for generations. It experiences a host of issues, many of which stem from a history of colonialism and historical underfunding of vital community services. These root causes continue to have impacts on Pikangikum today, affecting education, healthcare, food security and employment.