At Wasaya Group, relationships are our priority. Success brings more success to the people and groups that you have relationships with. As employers, employees, friends and family to our First Nations communities, we work with passion to bring that success. It's more than providing services. It's providing the services that are needed - in a way that is exceptional.
Wasaya Ownership Communities:
• Bearskin Lake First Nation
• Fort Severn First Nation
• Kasabonika Lake First Nation
• Keewaywin First Nation
• Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
• Kingfisher Lake First Nation
• Muskrat Dam First Nation
• Nibinamik First Nation
• Pikangikum First Nation
• Sandy Lake First Nation
• Wapekeka First Nation
• Wunnumin Lake First Nation
Chief Theresa Okimaw-Hall, executive director of Canada Chrome, the transportation arm of KWG, said the company will complete a private placement of flow-through shares to fund its half of the drilling program now underway with Cliffs Natural Resources at the Big Daddy chromite deposit in the James Bay lowlands.
Funds generated by the sale, through a deal between the company and the Wasaya Group/Wasaya Wee-Chee-Way-Win Inc. will be made available for the acquisition, furnishing and maintenance of residences for students attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School. Read more:
Dec. 20, 2011
KWG $2 Million Placement To Assist United Way Of Thunder Bay & Wasaya Group / Wasaya Wee-Chee-Way-Win Inc., in the Founding Of Cromarty High School Residences:
Self Sufficiency and Self Determination through Business Partnerships and Economic Development
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March 23, 2012 Wasaya First Nation ownership communities grow to twelve as Sandy Lake First Nation joins Wasaya shareholders. The Wasaya Group of Companies, a 100% First Nation owned company & Sandy Lake announced Friday at a media event in Thunder Bay the addition of Sandy Lake to the 23 year old partnership..
Above photo: Chief Adam Fiddler and representatives from Sandy First Nation pose for media photos after signing Shareholders Agreement with Wasaya Group Partnership in Thunder Bay. Photo Below: Signing of Shareholder's Agreement
Wasaya Group Welcomes Sandy Lake First Nation to Partnership!
Youth Aviation Camp
Thank you to all Youth and Chaperones that attended Aviation Camp this year!
Petroleum: Bulk Fuels, Regional
Metal: Industrial Fabrication &
Repairs for Mining, Forestry, Construction
Wasaya Airways LP
Aviation: Passenger, Cargo,
Bulk Fuel Delivery, Charters
Wasaya Prop Shop
Propellor Repairs, Global
Wascan Terminal Inc
Petroleum: Bulk Fuels, Bio Blends, Thunder Bay Terminal
Wasaya Wilderness Adventures
Wasaya Dowland Contracting:
Heavy Construction: Hotels, Arenas, Mines, Hydro Corridors, Schools
Winter Road Transportation:
Bulk Fuel Delivery
Welcome to the Wasaya Group of Companies!
Additional Investments in Frontier Foods Ltd (100%), Bamaji Air Inc., Landmark Inn, & Eastman Bio-Fuels.
Wasaya Communities are also members of 3 non-profits
"Youth Centres Thunder Bay, The City of Thunder Bay, and Wasaya Group" launch new Youth Center at Victoriaville Centre, Thunder Bay. The center court of the Victoriaville Center was the site of a well attended launch for Thunder Bay's new Youth Center. The new Center is located at 711 Victoriaville Center and is operated by Youth Centres Thunder Bay. Wasaya Group was a driving force to start this 18 month Pilot Project funded by the City and by Wasaya Group that will lead.... Read more...
"Dowland Contracting, PTH Canada and PTH China" have announced a national partnership that offers metal frame housing in Ontario through Wasaya Dowland Contracting. “With the signing of the housing agreement between the Chinese Group (PTF CHINA) and Dowland Contracting.
Wasaya Dowland Ventures LP is in a good position to make a positive difference to replace the many mold infested houses with mold free units that will result in safer and healthier living conditions for the families. Wasaya Dowland will also be in a position to service the industrial sector with their camp requirements within the Ring of Fire development and others” stated Wasaya Group Pres/CEO Tom S Kam. Importantly for the local economy, Wasaya Dowland also has an opportunity to set up a factory in Thunder Bay producing jobs and boosting the local economy.
Patrick McGuinness, President and CEO Dowland Contracting Ltd. announced an agreement to provide steel-based housing between PTH Canada and PTH China has been reached. The ceremonial signing took place on October 17th at the Fort William Historical Park Visitor Centre. Read more...
Oct 18, 2012 New Housing Partnership Announced With PTH Canada, PTH China, & Dowland
"We have been around for almost 25 years now building business models and partnerships that have been successful for First Nation people and those who partner with us," stated Wasaya Group President & CEO, Tom S. Kamenawatamin. "We are constantly being asked to help develop Ring of Fire business models and partnerships by stakeholders in the Ring of Fire region and by others who are interested in offering their services and products towards the development there. We have met with most of the major players in the Ring of Fire (ROF) over the past two years and have been asked to become more active in fostering business development so that the people in the region can benefit from the developments in their territory. We are often asked who our ROF people are - so we decided it was time to announce that information."
Wasaya's key people responsible for Ring of Fire business development are Roger Oskineegish, Gordon Wabasse, and Wasaya Group President/CEO, Tom S. Kamenawatamin. “Both Roger and Gordon are from the Matawa region, Roger Oskineegish is from Nibinamik First Nation and Gordon Wabasse is from Webequie First Nation. Both have served in political leadership capacity for their communities and are very knowledgeable about the Wasaya Group of Companies. I myself am from Bearskin Lake First Nation and prior to being with Wasaya, served for 13 years as Chief of my community as well as a variety of other business roles.” Read more...
Oct 18, 2012 Wasaya Group Announces Ring of Fire Team:
Nov 1, 2012 Wasaya Group & City of Thunder Bay Launches Youth Center
Wasaya describes the light and energy of the rising sun in the Oji-Cree dialect and the logo of Wasaya, which depicts a sunburst with eight sunrays, represents each original owner community.
Tom S. Kam
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Wasaya Group followed up on last month's Youth Centres Thunder Bay launch by holding a fundraising Benefit that was video streamed live from the Valhalla Inn Thunder Bay. The benefit concert featured Shy-Anne Hovorka, Robin Ranger band, and comedian Moccasin Joe. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Youth Centres Thunder Bay & DFC Living Centre. The event signaled the launch of a fundraising campaign that is expected to continue until all goals are met. More....
Please note that online donations to these Youth projects can continue to be made through Wasaya's Registered Charity at www.weecheewaywin.com
Dec. 6 2012 Wasaya Group holds Youth Benefit Banquet & Concert
THUNDER BAY, ON, March 27, 2013-Wasaya Group Inc. is pleased to announce on behalf of Partners - Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, and Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in collaboration with Confederation College, and City of Thunder Bay, details and building plans for the new Dennis Franklin Cromarty Student Living Centre to be built on the grounds of Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Read More...
Photo: Wasaya Group Chair Cecilia Begg addresses a packed house at DFC Gym to announce new Student Living Centre plans
April 12, 2013 "Journey of New Beginnings 1200 kms. Walk": The Sachigo Walkers (former DFC students & friends) are Walking to Thunder Bay to create awareness and to raise funds for the New DFC Living Centre. The approx. 1200 Km walk began April 4 & is scheduled to arrive in Thunder Bay April 22 where a welcoming celebration will be held. Today the group is headed from Pickle Lake to Sioux Lookout and should arrive there Sunday April 14, 2013. Please Come out & support them!. Read more....
Photo: A young fundraiser holds a donation sign on the road near Pickle Lake while walking from Sachigo to Thunder Bay.
Youth Aviation Camp 2013 is approaching fast!
Deadline for Youth applications is May 30.
Chaperones required too!
Photo: Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic present gifts on behalf of NAN to the "Journey of New Beginnings" walking group from the Sachigo Lake First Nation at the DFC High School. Over 250 were in attendance to greet the walkers who completed the journey Monday and to celebrate their accomplishment. Pictured on stage is Margaret Kenequanish, Executive Director of Shibogama First Nations Council who was the MC for the celebration and media event.
April 22, 2013 "Journey of New Beginnings" Completes 1200 kms. Walk
The Sachigo "Journey of New Beginnings" walkers (former DFC students & friends) completed their fundraising and awareness walk to Thunder Bay. A cheering crowd greeted the group at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Monday afternoon where a celebration and media event was waiting for them. The group raised over $50,000 for the New DFC Student Living Centre. The over 1200 km. walk began April 5. The group was driven into the city Sunday for dinner with Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs where they were treated at Montana's Cookhouse. Later they returned to their last position to complete their trek...read more
March 27, 2013 Wasaya Group announces Student Living Centre Partnership & Location Details
April 12, 2013 Sachigo Youth Walking 1200 kms for Sudent Living Centre Awareness & Funding