Buffalo Point First Nation

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Buffalo Point First Nation is an Ojibwa or Saulteaux band government located in southeastern corner of Manitoba, along the shores of Lake of the Woods. It is bordered largely by the unorganized portion of Division No. 1, Manitoba. It also has smaller borders with the Rural Municipality of Piney, as well as the northeast corner of Roseau County, Minnesota. The main settlement of Buffalo Point is located at 49°00′40″N 95°14′20″W / 49.01111°N 95.23889°W / 49.01111; -95.23889.

Total registered population in September, 2007, was 110, of which the on-reserve Status population was 41. The first Nation is a member of the Southeast Resource Development Council. Though a signatory to Treaty 3, the First Nation is not a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3.


The First Nation have reserved for themselves six reserves:

  • 2,332.2 hectares (5,763 acres) Buffalo Point Indian Reserve 36, which serves as their main Reserve and contains the community of Buffalo Point, Manitoba. This community is called Neyaashiing in the Ojibwe language.
  • 1,161.6 hectares (2,870 acres) Reed River Indian Reserve 36A
  • 37.4 hectares (92 acres) Buffalo Point First Nation Indian Reserve 1
  • 347.9 hectares (860 acres) Buffalo Point First Nation Indian Reserve 2
  • 91.6 hectares (226 acres) Buffalo Point First Nation Indian Reserve 3
  • 379 hectares (940 acres) Agency Indian Reserve 30 on the Aulneau Peninsula in the Lake of the Woods in Ontario, which is shared with 12 other First Nations.


Buffalo Point First Nation is governed by a traditional system of government where the leadership is determined by a traditional, hereditary system. The number of councillors is determined by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. The current leadership is Chief John Thunder and two Councillors.

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Coordinates: 49°00′59″N 95°15′42″W / 49.01639°N 95.26167°W / 49.01639; -95.26167