Poplar River First Nation (Azaadiwi-ziibi Nitam-Anishinaabe) is an Ojibway First Nation with some blending of the Cree dialect.
Poplar River First Nation Reserve no. 16 is located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg at the mouth of the Poplar River. The largest urban centre nearest to the community is Winnipeg located approximately 400 kilometres to the south.
The reserve consists of 3,800 acres. The First Nation is signatory to Treaty Five (5), Adhesion signed in 1875.
Poplar River First Nation has an on-reserve population of 1201 and an off-reserve population of 384 for a total of 1585 members.
Air Transportation Services
A 2,500 foot gravel airstrip is maintained by the Province of Manitoba and is serviced by scheduled and / or chartered flights. Flights are scheduled twice a day on weekdays. There are no flights on Saturdays with one afternoon flight on Sundays. Air transport is via Northway Aviation. Goods and supplies are occasionally barged to the community from Matheson Island. There are dock facilities for float planes and boats.
There is no permanent access road to Poplar River; however there is an annual winter road that provides access via Pine Dock to the east side of Lake Winnipeg to Bloodvein north to Berens River and to Poplar River. Pine Dock is accessible by an all-weather road. A 160 km all-weather road is being constructed from PR 304 to Berens River First Nation which includes potential route options for an all season road connection to Poplar River.