Opaskwayak Cree Nation

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The Opaskwayak Cree Nation is a First Nations band government in Manitoba, Canada. The First Nation has territory near The Pas, Manitoba, along the Saskatchewan River. The First Nation hosts the Opaskwayak Indian Days annually each August. The OCN Blizzard, a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team, is based on the reserve.

History[edit]

Opaskwayak means "where the two rivers meet". The Nation has made many developments, including the Joe. A. Ross school for all grades, and a Community Plex for the events of bingo, socials and community events, etc. A hotel known as Kikiwak Inn was built and completed in July 1996. Otineka Shopping Mall was built in the early 1970s and opened in the 1975. The McGillivary Care Home was constructed in 1982 for the elders, and a Six-Plex for the elderly. The community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation has two churches on the reserve. The Church of Redeemer is situated in Big Eddy, and the Church of Messiah is situated in the townsite area. Both of these churches have been recently constructed to replace the old churches. The sites where the old churches were situated are now set aside as Sacred Grounds.

Government[edit]

The Band is governed by the Chief and eight Councilors, who are elected according to the Indian Act for a two-year term. The reserve consists of 17 parcels of land varying in size from 10 to 5200 acres and totaling less than 15,000 acres. The most populated settlements are located in and around the Town of The Pas. Most of the reserve's borders are with the Rural Municipality of Kelsey and the Town of The Pas. The balance is with the unorganized portion of Census Division No. 21.

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