Black Lake, Saskatchewan

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Black Lake
NASA map showing Black Lake
NASA map showing Black Lake
Black Lake is located in Saskatchewan
Black Lake
Black Lake
Location of Black Lake in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 59°8′1.08″N 105°36′4.04″W / 59.1336333°N 105.6011222°W / 59.1336333; -105.6011222
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Government
 • Chief Ricky Robillard
 • MLA Athabasca Buckley Belanger
 • MP Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River Rob Clarke
Area
 • Total 234.44 km2 (90.52 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,070
 • Density 4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC−6)
Postal code S0J 0H0
[2][3][4]

Black Lake is a First Nations community in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, located on the northwest shore of Black Lake where the Fond du Lac River leaves the lake to flow to Lake Athabasca.

It is the main community of the Black Lake Denesuline Nation reserve with a land base of over 32,000 hectares (79,074 acres).[5] Formerly, the Black Lake band used the name "Stony Rapids", which is now the name of a separate community 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest and downstream on the Fond du Lac River, not on reserve land.

Black Lake Dene Nation[edit]

Black Lake Dene Nation is a band government with territory at three locations: Chicken 224, Chicken 225 and Chicken 226.[6][1]

  • Chicken 224 (25819.40 hectares) which includes the village of Black Lake (population 1.070 in 2011) extends from Black Lake up to the border of the village of Stony Rapids. It includes territory on both sides of the Fond du Lac River.
  • Chicken 225 (2183.40 hectares)(population 0 in 2011) is on the north side of the river and borders Chicken 224.[1]
  • Chicken 226 (4216.90 hectares)

Black Lake First Nation had a total registered membership of 2,044 with 1,592 members residing on-reserve and 452 members residing at locations off-reserve in September, 2013.[6] It is a member of the Prince Albert Grand Council.[6]

Demographics[edit]

The 2011 census reported 1,040 residents of Black Lake chose Dene as their mother tongue in 2011. All but 5 residents spoke English.[1]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Like nearby Stony Rapids, for most of the year Black Lake is not accessible via road from the rest of the province. There is a local secondary highway providing access between it and Stony Rapids, however, during winter a seasonal road connects the area to Saskatchewan Provincial Road 905 and points south.

The community is served by air by Black Lake Water Aerodrome, and by Stony Rapids Airport.

Health care[edit]

The Athabasca Health Facility completed in 2003 at the cost of $12.7 million provides health care services to the Athabasca region. The hospital, located on reserve land (Chicken 224) adjacent to the northern hamlet of Stony Rapids, is part of the Athabasca Health Authority.[10][11]

Education[edit]

Father Porte Memorial School offers kindergarten to 12 and has an enrolment of 460 students.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  5. ^ Denesuliné in Treaty Eight
  6. ^ a b c "AANDC (First Nation Detail)". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  10. ^ "Athabasca Health Authority". Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  11. ^ "New Health Centre opens in Athabasca Basin". NEWS RELEASE - JULY 16, 2003. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Northern Saskatchewan school excelling in 'mathletics'". CBC News (Oct 01, 2014). Retrieved 2014-10-01. 

Coordinates: 59°08′00″N 105°36′02″W / 59.13333°N 105.60056°W / 59.13333; -105.60056