Batchewana First Nation Contributes Funds to Repair Whitman Dam Road

Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation presented a cheque to the Whitman Dam Road Committee for needed repairs. July 7, 2018.

Batchewana First Nation ON – Recently, Batchewana First Nation financially assisted a local non-profit group to help repair the Whitman Dam Road.

In March of 2018 Batchewana First Nation was contacted by the Whitman Dam Road Committee seeking support for their efforts to improve conditions of the road located 60 km north of Sault Ste. Marie.

The Committee was formed due to increased concerns from BFN Members, land owners, hunters, fishermen, ATV users, trappers and the general public over the deteriorating conditions of the Whitman Dam Road,

The Committee, together with the First Nation, have been working with BFN Members and other road users to develop a plan to repair and maintain the road. Efforts from the group have included fundraising, forming community partnerships and collecting community support letters.

Chief Dean Sayers commented, “Our First Nation recognizes that as the jurisdictional rights holders in the area we have an obligation to maintain access for our Members and all visitors to our lands.”

Fred DuFresne, Mike Lemay, and Todd Slotegraaf spent a couple of days pulling rocks and doing some minor repairs on the road. June 24th, 2018. (photo courtesy Whitman Dam Road Committee FB.


Batchewana First Nation is proud to support the efforts of this local community group that continues to work collaboratively with our First Nation and all land users in the stewardship of our lands.


  1. Thank you Chief Sayers, Batchewana First Nation, and your team . We used to enjoy driving up to the dam and picnicking with Mom and Dad when we were kids. It is gorgeous up there. Dad would call it ‘God’s Country’. Nice to know that the road will be maintained.

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