Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is an Ojibway or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation reserve located in the Eastman Region of Manitoba and the Kenora District of Ontario. The total registered population in 2017 was 641, of which the on-reserve population was 285. The First Nation is a member of the Bimose Tribal Council, a Regional Chief’s Council that is a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3.
n 1915 the City of Winnipeg annexed 33,000 acres of Shoal Lake 40 for the extraction of fresh water and the transport infrastructure to move it to the city, including an aqueduct. The construction project involved the excavation of indigenous burial grounds and disinterment of human remains.
This First Nation’s community inhabits a man-made island. It is accessible via barge traffic from Iskatewizaagegan 39 First Nation’s dock, located in the community of Kejick, Ontario, and in winter by ice roads. The construction of a new all-season road to link this community with the Trans-Canada Highway is Vopldete on the Freedom Rod