keewaywinKeewaywin, from an Ojibway word meaning "going home,"achieved official Band status in April of 1985. Many of the older Keewaywin people have traditionally hunted and trapped in the area around Eastern Sandy Lake, and feel they will be "going home" by moving to a new reserve east of the present Sandy Lake community. The Keewaywin people, know as "East Sandy Lakers," consider themselves the original inhabitants of the Big Sandy Lake area. The Governments of Canada, Ontario, the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and six of its member First Nations (Aroland, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, New Slate Falls, Saugeen, and Wawakapewin) signed an agreement in December 1991 to make lands available to establish Indian reserves in the six communities and to provide basic community facilities.