• Nishnawbe Aski Nation (known as Grand Council Treaty No. 9 until 1983) was established in 1973.
  • NAN represents 49 First Nation communities within Northern Ontario with a total population of membership (on and off reserve) estimated at approximately 45,000 people.
  • NAN encompasses James Bay Treaty No. 9 and the Ontario portion of Treaty No. 5.
  • NAN territory covers two-thirds of the Province of Ontario spanning 210,000 square miles, roughly the size of France.  32 NAN First Nations are remote and accessible only by air.
  • NAN First Nations represent one-quarter of all remote First Nations in Canada.


Program Logo, Top left Corner:
Created by Wayne Sawanus, Deer Lake First Nation

Traditional closeness between Elders, Parents and the Children gave the Child exposure to the same values their parents were raised by.

Grandmothers look on as the Children uplift the Grandchild, in celebration of the well-being of the Infant.

NAN Bear Logo, Bottom Right Corner:

The Great White Bear stands in the Circle-the traditional symbol of life of the North American Indian. The background is red-symbolic of the Red Man. His feet are firmly planted on the bottom line-representing Earth. His head touches the top line-symbolic of his relationship to the Heavens and to the Great Spirit. He stands with feet stretched out to the four smaller circles which represent the North, East, South and West-to show that he has nothing to hide. The circles joining his rib cage represent our various communities. The lines of the rib cage of the Great Bear symbolize the traditions, the culture, the songs the legends and the prayers of our People that bind our communities together as one. These lines are essential, for without the protection of the rib cage, the heart is open for anyone seeking to destroy that life. The Great White Bear is the Spirit and Soul of the NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION.

Our motto, “UNITY-STRENGTH-SUCCESS”, reminds us that when we are united, we are strong and this strength leads to success in all that we do.