The Atikameksheng Trust manages, protects and distributes trust dollars to members of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
We currently allocate dollars in respect to Education, Health, Culture & Language and Recreation & Leisure.
On September 9, 1850, the Robinson-Huron Treaty was entered into between the Chiefs and Principal Men of the Ojibway Indians inhabiting and claiming the lands described in the Robinson-Huron Treaty, and William Benjamin Robinson, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
Chief Shawenakeschick participated in the Robinson-Huron Treaty on behalf of the ancestors of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (formerly known as Whitefish Lake First Nation). The land was surveyed and described as “the tract of land now occupied by them, and contained between two rivers, called Whitefish River and Wanabitasebe, seven miles inland. However in 1889 a decision by the high Court of Ontario in Attorney General of Ontario vs Francis, et al. , seven thousand acres of land (more or less) was severed from Atikameksheng (Whitefish Lake First Nation) without first being surrendered.
Canada and the First Nation negotiated this dispute by way of a Settlement Agreement and were compensated with a monetary sum of 14 million dollars in 1998.
In accordance with the settlement agreement, the First Nation created the Atikameksheng Trust to safely handle, protect and distribute dollars in relation to the needs of the community.