RRIB Projects include:

  • Professional Building Complex
  • The Chalet Lodge
  • Commercial Properties/Real estate Investments
  • Marble Quarry
  • East West Tie Transmission Line
  • Energy East Pipeline
  • Little Jackfish River Project
  • Streetlight upgrades (LED)


Professional Business Complex

The Red Rock Indian Band has completed construction of the Professional Business Complex on the First Nation that provides entry level rents to its tenants in order to maximize their competitiveness in the market place and attract new industry and services to the community. 

The PBC allows the region of Nipigon, and more so RRIB, to bring new service providers to the area. It also creates indirect economic impact and social cluster where government, public and private sector services are clustered in a hub which is of benefit to all. It creates an environment where community members have excellent opportunities to interact with government and private sector and be exposed to career paths in aviation, law enforcement, medical services, mining, forestry, and others. For more information and to view the PBC featured on the Tom Jones website, visit

The Chalet Lodge

The Red Rock Indian Band has always shown an interest in the acquisition of the Chalet Lodge which is adjacent to and on the south side of Lake Helen Reserve. In 2009 that dream became a reality. The purchase of the property will allow for growth of our land base. The Chalet Lodge will be a venue for the Red Rock Indian Band to promote our Anishinabe culture, history and life ways through Economic Growth, Education, and Training opportunities. The Chalet Lodge will also create potential small business opportunities in the long term for the First Nation People of the Red Rock Indian Band.

The Chalet Lodge and property consists of 22 acres of land, a lodge building of approximately 3500 sq. feet, a 3 bedroom house, 6 usable cabins, 14 cabins in total, a sauna, and an indoor pool. The property is serviced with electricity, water, and sewage (septic tanks). The Red Rock Indian Band is currently working on moving this economic initiative forward.

Commercial Properties/Real Estate Investments

The Red Rock Indian Band has purchased on and off reserve commercial properties. They own and lease offices in Nipigon, Red Rock and Thunder Bay. In 2008, the Red Rock Indian Band purchased an office building in the Township of Red Rock. Since that time, a forestry company has leased the office space. The band purchased and renovated the old Elk Hall in the Township of Nipigon and has signed a 10 year lease with a community organization. In 2008, the Red Rock Indian Band also purchased and renovated an old school in the city of Thunder Bay. This building has since been utilized by a community organization that has committed to a 10 year lease as well. Long term leases will help pay for the purchase of the properties and provide long term income for the Band.

Marble Quarry Project

In 2007 the Red Rock Indian Band began exploring the opportunity to take over the Ruby Lake Marble Quarry. In 2011 the RRIB submitted a proposal and received funding through AANDC to complete the first phase of a feasibility study. The study, completed in 2012, reported that the quarry is viable but further study would be required. The Red Rock Indian Band has submitted a phase 2 proposal to AANDC and NOHFC to complete the remaining study and to develop a market analysis and explore possible processing plant opportunities. The Red Rock Indian Band is working diligently on this initiative.

East-West Tie Transmission project

Project Updates: The NextBridge Compensation Principles for the Project have been updated on August 29, 2016. More information can be found here

After considerable study and engagement, the Terms of Reference for the East-West Tie Project Environmental Assessment was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on February 28, 2014. Approval of the Terms of Reference is anticipated in the summer of 2014. In anticipation of this approval, field studies have begun, and NextBridge has developed compensation principles for potentially affected landowners. Please take the time to review this and consider attending one of the Open Houses scheduled in August. NextBridge representatives are always happy to discuss the project, so get in touch with us through any of the contact methods listed on the back of this newsletter. The more we can learn from you, the better the project will be. 

Project Summary: The new East-West Tie is an approximately 430 km double circuit 230 kV transmission line from the Lakehead Transformer Station (TS) in Shuniah to the Wawa TS with a connection approximately mid-way to the Marathon TS. The project is required to ensure the long-term reliability of the electricity supply in northwestern Ontario. Industrial activities in northwestern Ontario, particularly in the mining sector, are expected to drive strong electricity supply in the area, the Ontario Power Authority has identified supply needs for the northwest, which can be met with additional transmission generation.  The OPA analyzed these alternatives and recommended expansion of the East-West Tie based on technical, economic and other considerations. The East-West Tie was included as a priority project in the Government of Ontario’s 2010 Long Term Energy Plan. The target in-service date is the first half of 2018.


Alternate Routes

NextBridge Infrastructure [NextBridge] is a partnership between affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure. NextBridge has submitted a Terms of Reference for the East-West Tie Project Individual Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment. The proposed East-West Tie [referred to as the Reference Route] is an approximately 430 km double-circuit 230 kV transmission line from the Lakehead Transformer station [TS] in Shuniah to the Wawa TS with a connection approximately mid-way at the Marathon TS. Alternative Routes have also been identified based on natural environment, socio-economic and technical criteria. 


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TransCanada Energy East Pipeline

Called the Energy East Pipeline, the 4,600-km pipeline will carry 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

Currently, the project has the following major components:

  • Converting an existing natural gas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline
  • Constructing new pipelines in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Eastern Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick to link up with the converted pipe
  • Constructing the associated facilities, pump stations and tank terminals required to move crude oil from Alberta to Québec and New Brunswick, including marine facilities that enable access to other markets by ship.

Route Selection: While the exact route will only be determined after public and regulatory review, the planned starting point is a new tank terminal in Hardisty, Alta. Three other new terminals will be built along the pipeline’s route: in Saskatchewan, Québec City area and Saint John, N.B., area. Terminals in Québec City and Saint John areas will include facilities for marine tanker loading. New pipeline will be built in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Eastern Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick. For more information, please visit

Little Jackfish River

In 2009 the Red Rock Indian Band partnered with six (6) surrounding First Nations and Ontario Power Generation to develop the Little Jackfish Hydro-Electric Project. The First Nations collaborated and developed a proposal for funding of a holistic education and training program that would prepare the First Nations for future economic and resource development. The Little Jackfish Hydro-electric project would have included 78MW of power generation and an associated transmission line on the east side of Lake Nipigon. Recently, OPG decided to place the project into deferral, despite objections from the Lake Nipigon First Nations.

Streetlight Upgrades (LED)

The Red Rock Indian Band is looking to convert all of the streetlights on Lake Helen Reserve from high-pressure sodium light bulbs to high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LED). The new streetlights will offer substantial energy savings and greatly reduce maintenance costs.