Berens River First Nation

Berens River First Nation

BOX 131
Manitoba  R0B 0A0
Phone: (204) 382-2161
Fax: (204) 382-2297

Winnipeg Sub Office:

Phone: (204) 982-0690
Fax:(204) 982-0698
285 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg MB  R3C 1X7

Current Chief & Council:

  • Chief Hartley Everett
  • Councillor Norman Jr. McKay
  • Councillor Roland Whiteway
  • Councillor Steve Berens
  • Councillor Gerald Kemp
  • Councillor Susanne McKay


Approximately 270 air kilometres north of Winnipeg on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg at the mouth of the Berens River and 391 kilometers by road on Provincial Road #304 (a few kilometers south is a more isolated reserve, Pigeon River No. 13A which, in the past, has been used as a collection point for logging operations).

Band No: 266
Reserve: I.R. No.13 and 13A
Area: 2546.9 Hectares
Language: Anishinabe
Economic Base: Fishing, trapping and forestry


  • On-reserve – 2,172
  • Off-reserve – 1, 260
  • Total Population – 3,432 (Effective, February 28, 2018 as per INAC)


Access is by air. There is a 2,900 foot gravel airstrip maintained in the community. Perimeter Airlines and Northlands Aviation provide scheduled service.

Commercial Businesses and/or Services:

  • Berens River Band Office
  • Meemeesipii Inc.
  • Berens River Log Inn
  • Berens River School (Frontier School Division: Nursery to Grade 9)
  • Berens River Daycare
  • Berens River Nursing Station/Chief Jacob Berens Mino-Ayaawin Centre
  • Berens River Training & Employment Program
  • Berens River Tug Boat/Barge
  • Berens River Pumphouse (Water and Sewage)
  • Oshetoon Building Supplies
  • Neil Disbrowe’s Woodworking
  • Linda & Valerie’s Video Shop
  • Christine’s Coffee Shop
  • Berens River Store
  • Northern Store
  • Hubert Boyd (Store)

Off Reserve:

  • Barra Inn
  • John Alex Enterprises Ltd.