Rainy River First Nations main Reserve is known as Manitou Rapids, as it is located at a point overlooking the Manitou Rapids of the Rainy River. The Junction of TransCanada Highway 11 (Rainy River, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay) and 17 (Kenora) is within the Reserve boundary, placing the Rainy River First Nation in a strategic position in the centre of the Rainy River District.
In 1914/15 six of the original seven Reserves of the Ojibway people now making up the Rainy River First Nations were taken back by the Government of Canada and all members were forced to consolidate onto the present Manitou Rapids site. This was the basis of a specific land claim which was settled in 2003, resulting in the creation of the Rainy River First Nations Trust, which has been established to buy back lands for the First Nation and to promote economic development. The Trust has been focusing on acquiring lands in the vicinity of the original surrendered lands.
Rainy River First Nations today is a progressive forward-looking First Nation with its eyes on a future of prosperity and inclusion. We are active participants in the regional economy, owning a number of companies providing employment and business opportunities for ourselves and our municipal neighbours.
We hold an annual fish fry in May, the day before the fishing season officially opens, (usually on or before the Victoria Day long weekend) which is open free of charge to all the members of the public. This highly successful event sees us preparing food for and hosting hundreds of visitors at our pow-wow grounds.
We hold our annual pow-wow in June.
We are the proud hosts at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung (Manitou Mounds) Historic Centre.
Rainy River First Nations welcomes visitors to our community and the surrounding district.