The Chippewas of Rama First Nation is located approximately one and a half hours north of Toronto, on 2,500 acres of interspersed land nestled in “Ontario’s Lake Country”, on the eastern side of Lake Couchiching. We currently have 1,269 members living off-reserve and 720 living on-reserve (as of December 18th, 2020.)
We are Ojibwe peoples, part of the Three Fires Confederacy along with the Odawa and Pottawatomi Nations. It has been said that people referred to us as ‘the people who live near the fence’, or at Mitchekuning. Now spelled Mnjikaning, this word can be translated as “In”, “On”, “At” or “Near” ‘The Fence’. This fence refers to the fish weirs located at the Atherley Narrows, where Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe meet.
The weirs are one of the oldest human developments in North America and believed to have been built some 5,000 years ago by the Wendat Nation, and others. The site located at the weirs has been noted as neutral grounds, where First Nations people gathered to enjoy festivities, exchange goods, share information, ceremony and storytelling.
In 1982, the Federal Government officially declared the weirs a National Historic Site.
Rama radiates with the spirit that has made us a thriving community. For centuries, our people have been leaders, entrepreneurs, artisans and harvesters. The Seven Grandfather teachings passed down from the Creator are at the centre of community culture. These traditions form the backbone of a community that draws strength and inspiration from the past while preparing for its future.
The Seniors Complex is a showcase for Seniors care, offering apartments and extended care for members in their golden years. Rama’s Health Clinic hosts a visiting doctor and health care specialists. Social Services address counselling, support groups and specialized services for members.
Together, Rama First Nation’s Emergency Services, Police, Fire and Paramedic services are supported with leading technology, equipment and highly trained crews, ensuring that members and visitors receive prompt professional response and quality care. Our vehicles are recognized throughout Simcoe County responding through mutual aid agreements.
Rama’s elementary school provides cultural programming and education from Early Childhood through to grade 8. Education programs have contributed to increased student success in secondary and post-secondary education, resulting in the largest per capita graduation rate in Ontario. Rama’s future is bright with the promise of coming generations.
Rama’s commitment to community and gaming management expertise remain focal points for the future. With long standing local and regional relationships flourishing, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation is poised to take the next step in solidifying itself as a business leader.