Our History

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The Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation land mass consists of 897ha (2214ac) of which 59% is managed by the Band Council while the remaining 49% is held owned by individual Band members through Certificate of Possession.

The total current membership of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation is 700 with an average 340 members residing within the community. An estimated 57% of the population who are under the age of 30 years of age makes the community relatively young in terms of age and life experience.

As a result of the age factor and the influence of residential schools on the older population, many of the band members cannot understand or fluently speak the mother tongue of Ojibway today. However, the community has begun a language and cultural revitalization program through which the language, arts and crafts, traditional ceremonies and knowledge can be taught and preserved as a means of strengthening the cultural identity.

Within the community, there are many talented artists practicing the woodland style of native art, antler carvings, leather and bead work while other community members excel in other areas of furniture making and wood burning artwork.

Located on the shores of Georgian Bay means that many of the favorite past times and recreation activities are spent on the lakeshore or around the many islands surrounding Manitoulin Island. Recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, family camping, sports and social gatherings are enjoyed by the community and their friends but the Aundeck Omni Kaning Traditional Powwow and Gathering remains one of the most anticipated and well attended events for the community held on the first weekend in June at the beach park.

The community members still practice their traditional wildlife harvest of deer, moose and smaller animals such as rabbits and partridge. Many still practice the harvesting of vegetables, herbs and various flowers for private use while traditional seasonal harvest of maple syrup, morels and other non-timber forest products is carries on by the descendants of the early community members.

The Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation have begun its own traditional events to mark various seasons and to promote community unity through the Kings Day Feast, Fall Harvest Feast, Aboriginal Solidarity Day and events to mark other non-native traditional holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Canada Day, etc. A variety of social affairs and events that celebrate men's day, women's day, diabetes awareness and other socially acceptable programs sponsored by health and wellness programs, recreation and church programs are held throughout the year.