History & Culture

In the heart of Buffalo Point community is the unmistakable tipi shape of the Cultural Centre with the traditional thunderbirds gracing the entrance.

You are invited to explore the independent spirit of the Buffalo Point First Nation Ojibway people through the architecture, art, archival and interpretive displays.

Our Story

Rich in history, Buffalo Point has always been a gathering place for the Anishinabe people dating back to the 1700's when Chief Red Cloud and the Sioux frequented the area until the 1800's when the Ojibwa started to move in.

Many battles ensued over control of Lake of the Sandhills, which was the original name of Lake of the Woods.

 In 1857 Gladman, Hind and Dawson explored this route with the assistance of the Ojibwa. Eventually it was Simon Dawson who found the route at the Northwest Angle, known today as the Dawson Trail.

Chief Ayashwash signed treaty number three for Buffalo Point at the Northwest Angle in 1873. In 1900 Little Thunder, the son of Ayashwash, became Chief followed by Old Jim Thunder until 1941. "Shorty" Warren Thunder was appointed next until 1969 when he retired and appointed his nephew Jim Thunder. Chief Jim Thunder drove the development of a Master Plan for the resort in the early 1970's, building the foundation of the destination resort including roads, the marina and cottages.

In 1997 John Thunder was selected as the sixth hereditary Chief in the history of Buffalo Point First Nation. Taking the reins from his father, John led the completion of the Lake of the Sandhills Golf Course and implement developments including the Native Cultural Centre and the Resort Centre featuring the Fire & Water Bistro and Island Green Lounge.