Our History

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The Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation involvement in sports on the Manitoulin Island almost become legendary when one considers the exceptional number of athletes who have excelled in their sport or the number of championships won on many age levels. From sweeping every youth and teen category in fastball in the early 1970's at the Haweater Weekend tournament to the string of Island and Espanola-North Shore championships by the men and women fastball teams right up to the All Ontario Women's Championship in 1982. This small community has shown their versatility in hockey, volleyball, bowling and continues to become a leader in all sports and recreational activities.

The implementation of economic initiatives has rewarded the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation with a number of ventures that have lead to employment opportunities and becoming a leader and model for achieving self-sufficiency for the community and its members. A few of the successful economic ventures are:

Wabuno Fish Farm and Processors: This unique business was established as a production facility for farm raised rainbow trout in 1992, which eventually lead to the construction of the processing plant in 1994. The business continues to operate by developing domestic and export markets while looking for new and innovative ways to increase productivity, non-traditional value-added products and looking ahead to the next century.

Endaa-aang Tourism: This eco-tourism business opened its doors in May 2001 and every indication looks like the business will be one of the leading tourism attractions over the years. With cabins and teepees on the mainland and on the traditional occupied islands in the North Shore and through the cooperation of other Manitoulin Island native facilities such as the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M'Chigeeng, Endaa-aang Tourism will be another successful venture for the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.

Not only does the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation have an administration and community centre located in the center of the reserve but a newly constructed health centre offering a variety of health services to the community is nearby while a legal aid office serving the Manitoulin Island is also situated within the community. There are smaller venues such as Gunner's Gas Bar which is located on the east end of the community. Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation continues to expand and offer more services to their community members.