Horse Lake First Nation

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The Horse Lake First Nation is a First Nations government (or band), headquartered in Hythe, Alberta. It is a party to Treaty 8, and is a member of the Western Cree Tribal Council.[1] Despite being a member of the Western Cree regional council, the Horse Lake nation is linguistically and culturally a part of the Danezaa or "Beavers".[2]

As of 2009 the total population of the band was 938 people, of whom 436 (46%) lived on reserve or on Crown land, the rest living off reserve. The band has two reserves, Clear Hills 152C and Horse Lakes 152B with a total land base of 3,099.1 hectares (31 km2).[3]

Since 2002 students who are members of the Horse Lake band have been educated in the Alberta provincial education system, specifically the Peace Wapiti School Division (PWSD), rather than separate reserve schools, with the cost being borne by the federal Department of Abori ginal Affairs and Northern Development. However, in 2012 this arrangement was put in doubt when the budget for non-Aboriginal "at risk" students received was more than doubled by the provincial government, from $2.2 million to $5.1 million per year. Under the terms of the contract between the Western Cree and PWSD, the band must pay the difference between what the provincial government pays for band members, and when the federal government pays for non-Aboriginals. This implies an additional $3,000 per student.[4] Karen Horseman, accounts payable; Darlene Peterson, executive management; Maranda Desarlaiis, Daycare management; Kathy Horseman, HRDC; Bertus Horseman, public works director; Alan Horseman, assistant public works director.