Rainy Lake 17 A, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
Located in the western portion of northwestern Ontario, is the Chippewa settlement of Rainy Lake 17 A, which is one of four Reserves which makes up the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, or as it was once known the Nicickousemenecaning First Nation and also the Red Gut First Nation. Latest population estimate (2006) puts the population of rainy lake 17 a at 183, which is a little lower than the 2001 population estimate of 200. There are 54 housing units in the small settlement, of which 51 are occupied. That gives the settlement a 3.7 persons per housing unit average, which is about normal for Chippewa settlements. The Anishinabe language is doing good at this Chippewa settlement with at least 60 people still speaking Anishinabe. About 5 people in the settlement are non Indian. Below are several links to pictures of the Chippewa settlement of Rainy Lake 17 A, Ontario.