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Business, Tourism & Culture

Background

Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.

Mission
It is the mission of our leadership to provide quality services and programs that are coordinated and responsive to the needs of our people. All services and programs will be aimed at making our community progressive and self sustaining, while recognizing that our treaty relationship is paramount.

Make your next visit to Fisher River Cree Nation! and see all what the community has to offer!

Business

Fisher River Outfitters

Your gateway to a vast expanse of undeveloped, spectacularly pristine boreal wilderness and amazing hunting experiences!

  • Black Bear Hunting Packages are priced at $3,000 for a six day hunt

  • White-tailed Deer Hunting Packages are priced at $3,000 for a six day hunt

  • Waterfowl Hunts starting at $350 for one day hunts

Visit Fisher River Outfitters for more information

Bay River Inn & Suites

“Your Home Away From Home, Located in the Heart of the Community”

Bay River Inn & Suites is a 12 room Motel with a Meeting/Conference room and VLT Lounge on Fisher River Cree Nation

  • We have a total of 12 rooms, which are 6 Standard, 4 Suites and 2 Handicap friendly rooms.​

  • All Standard Rooms come with mini fridge, WIFI Access, and more.​

  • Suites are equipped with a full furnished kitchen with all the amenities, WIFI Access, living area and more.

Visit Bay River Inn & Suites for more information

Ph: 204.645.3420

Fisher River Building Supplies

Fisher River Building Supplies is your local one stop shop for Building Materials, Hand/Power Tools, Home Reno Material, Paint, and everything in between!

Services & Products of Interest

  • Home & Cottage Plans​

  • Hand & Power Tools

  • Lawns &Gardening Supplies

  • Electrical Supplies

  • Plumbing Supplies

Visit Fisher River Building Supplies for more information

Ph: 204.645.2414 

Bay River Developments

Bay River Developments subdivision is situated 5 minutes north of Fisher River Cree Nation and is located on the west side of Lake Winnipeg adjacent to Fisher Bay. The subdivision is approximately 200 kilometers north of Winnipeg and is connected to the paved provincial highway system through PR#224.

The subdivision is comprised of 64 cottage lots on privately owned land by Bay River Developments.

Visit Bay River Developments for more information

Fisher River Grocery

Fisher River Grocery was established to provide a retail outlet for gasoline, groceries and confectionary items to the members of the Fisher River Cree Nation. It also houses the local Post Office as well as an ATM terminal.

Fisher River Grocery provides:

  • Assorted Groceries such as Dry & Perishable Goods, Full line of Frozen items, Cleaning Supplies, Assorted Pet Foods, Health & Beauty Supplies, and Paper products.

  • Various Confection Items

  • Gasoline/Oil

  • Tobacco Products

  • Water Refill Station

  • Meat and Deli Counter,

  • A supply of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Lottery Ticket Center

  • Weekly & Monthly Flyer Deals (Fine Foods)

Ph: 204.645.4205

Fisher River Car Wash & Laundromat

The Fisher River Economic Development opened a coin-operated car wash and laundromat that will service Fisher River and surrounding communities.

The car wash consists of two interior wash bays and one exterior wash pad for larger vehicles and buses. Each wash station is equipped with a high pressure wand, foam brush and vacuum. All the equipment is coin operated.

The laundromat consists of 10 coin operated washers and dryers and offers on-site washing/folding services at a cost.

Ph: 204.308.1607

Tourism & Culture

Fisher River Pisim Wastinohk Kistikewin – Solar Farm

This is an historic project, being the first Indigenous-owned, utility-scale solar farm in Canada and the largest solar project in Manitoba. Our own community members excelled in constructing the project well ahead of schedule and with the highest quality. The 3000 solar panels will generate energy for sale to Manitoba Hydro for the next 30 years. Fisher River Cree Nation is the first to build a project of this scale, and quite naturally we faced many technical challenges and delays that we could not control, but which we ultimately overcame.

Ada Wilson "Grey Cloud Woman" Pow Wow

Experience one of the premiere Pow Wow’s in Canada!

For three days in August, Fisher River holds its annual competition Pow Wow and hosts dancers from across North America in a large arbour beautifully constructed from logs.

The pow wow was renamed in 2006 to honour Ada Wilson, a well respected community member. Each year the pow wow is organized by a dedicated volunteer committee.

Annual Treaty Days Celebration

Fisher River Annual Treaty Days is a week long event which features family friendly events such as, York Boat Races, Douglas Rundle Memorial Fastball Tournament, children/adult races, various entertainment, food stands, Square Dance competition, and more.

Annual Treaty Days celebrates when the Crown and Fisher River signed their respective Treaty.

In the old days people camped in large canvas trappers’ tents along the river and enjoyed competitive sports activities like races and football games with neighbouring communities. Dances lasted all day and into the night. Elders recall a man walking around the community and shouting for people to come and get their treaty money. Each person received $5.00 and families received rations such as flour, sugar and tea. Merchants set up booths where people bought clothes, supplies and treats.

Annual Community Celebration

On the First August Sunday, Fisher River holds its Annual Community Celebration at the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitor Centre and Adjacent Treaty grounds. The event began in 2005 to celebrate the centre’s completion. The celebration headlines renowned country acts and showcases local and Aboriginal talent. Treaty Days are usually a week long.

Fisher River Cree Nation has hosted some of the top entertainment talent in North America including Steve Earle, Dallas Smith, Johnny Reid, The Kentucky Headhunters, Emerson Drive, Charlie Major, Williams & Ree, George Leach, Derek Miller, William Prince & many more.

The Church

Fisher River people adopted Christianity as early as the 1840s when Methodists set up a mission at Rossville in Norway House, then later at Oxford House. Everyone was baptized by the time they arrived at Fisher River. The first church was built at its present site in the early 1880s. It continues to play a vital role in the community. In addition to regular services, activities include the church choir, Bible classes, Women’s auxiliary, youth groups and community work bees. With federal support, the church also provided education in the early years. The church served as a classroom until a school was built nearby.

A new Pentacostal chapel was built in 1961 on same site as the old log church which was close to the river. Missionaries also acted as doctors, dentists and dispensed medication and care throughout the community even after the Peguis hospital was built at Halfway. Doctors made periodic visits until the road was built but people relied on local knowledge and the church for medical care well into the 1940s. The Methodist religion joined with the Presbyterians and became the United Church of Canada. Other religions in the community include the Pentacostals and Apostolics. The Apostolic religion was introduced in 1905 by Chief John Cochrane and the Pentacostals came a bit later.
Reverend Frederick Stevens arrived in the community in 1907 when he replaced Reverend E.R. Steinhauer. In his honour the church was renamed Stevens Memorial United Church.

Stevens Memorial United Church

Fisher Bay Provincial Park

On July 4th 2011, Manitoba got another new park. After more than a decade of interim protection, the Fisher Bay Park Reserve has finally been given permanent status as a new 84,150 hectare provincial park! This wondrous boreal region, nominated by Fisher River Cree Nation, is two hours north of Winnipeg on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. Long, sandy, pristine beaches can be found here, which provide much needed nesting habitat for the endangered piping plover, while the forests are teaming with foxes, bears, moose and wolves.

Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.

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