Explore Fisher River Cree Nation
Fisher River is situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world, and borders thousands of square miles of pristine wilderness abundant with wide varieties of flora and fauna. The area therefore offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, whether your interest is in fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, photography, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or simply relaxing on the beach.
There is also a boat launch in the community or you can rent a canoe to paddle the Fisher River. For those wishing to explore the area, there are guiding services available for lake excursions, sight seeing, fishing, etc.
The centre is a beautiful log structure built as part of a training project. In 2005, the centre was named to honour Andrea Leigh Cochrane, a valued employee of the Ochekisiw Sipi Economic Development Corporation. The boardwalk along the river takes you to a tipi shaped outdoor stage.
Fisher Bay (Ochiwasahow) Provincial Park
North of Fisher River is Fisher Bay (Ochiwasahow) which has been a seasonal home to Fisher River people for generations. Fisher River Council has a vision of conserving the area for traditional activities and developing its eco- and cultural tourism potential. With the establishment of the Fisher Bay provincial park in 2011, they have secured a portion of the area through Manitoba protected areas legislation. The park protects the community’s inherent and Treaty Rights against industrial developments that endanger the environment.
The Fisher Bay Provincial Park was the result of years of determined efforts by Chief and Council of Fisher River Cree Nation and partner Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, working closely with the Minister of Manitoba Conservation. Consultation plans are currently in development to pursue expanded lands protection in the Fisher Bay region.
Photo: Aerial view of Ochiwasahow Provincial Park located at Fisher Bay. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Wilderness Committee have joined Fisher River on their quest to establish permanent protection for this beautiful Boreal forest area with its inhabitants of wildlife and birds.
Annual Treaty Days
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.
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 neighboring 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.
Ada Wilson “Grey Cloud Woman” Memorial Pow Wow
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.
Local Services and Amenities
Enjoy the convenience of the many amenities that the area has to offer. Fisher River Cree Nation has grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, post office, fire hall, medical centre, waste disposal site, newly erected cell phone tower, modern new water treatment plant to provide potable water, emergency services (Fire, Police, Medical), septic pump-out services, security services, and many more services.
RESTAURANTS & CATERING
Loretta Lynn’s: 645-2138
Toria’s Inn: 645-2253
Tia’s Gas & Convenience: 645-3550
Jumbo’s Convenience: 645-3402
Fisher River Grocery: 645-4205
RJ Mechanical: 645-2610
Gary’s Plumbing: 645-5675
Smiley’s Stucco: 645-2589
Fisher Electric: 645-2253[/one_half]
NDN Enterprise: 645-3041
Kirk’s Chrome: 645-4333
Tribal Sound: 645-4883
Ron’s Heavy Equipment: 645-3783
William Murdock Trucking: 645-2027
There is a variety of special events and activities happening throughout the year. The main summer events include the May Long Weekend Community Picnic, and the Annual Treaty Days Celebration, Annual Powwow Celebration, Annual Community Celebration and Celebration of Gospel Music in August.
Fisher River is also situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world, and borders thousands of square miles of pristine wilderness abundant with wide varieties of flora and fauna.
The area therefore offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, whether your interest is in fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, photography, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or simply relaxing on the beach or in your cottage.
There is a boat launch in the community or you can rent a canoe to paddle the Fisher River. For those wishing to explore the area, there are guiding services available for lake excursions, sight seeing, fishing, etc.
The community also has the Fisher River Gaming Center where you can play bingo or VLTs, and a Sports Complex which is always busy with glo-bowling, curling, skating, hockey or pool activities.
Fisher Branch, which is a 45 minute drive from the subdivision, has a Golf and Country Club, a CIBC Bank, Novantis Credit Union and Interlake Motor Hotel, and other amenities. Hodgson, 35 minutes away, has a hotel and other amenities.