Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan
|Post office established||1949|
|• Total||9.16 km2 (3.54 sq mi)|
|• Density||295.0/km2 (764/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time (UTC−6)|
|Postal code||S0P 0E0|
Pelican Narrows is a northern village in Saskatchewan located 120 km northwest of Creighton via the Hanson Lake Road and Highway 135. Its name in Cree is Opawikoscikcan which means "The Narrows of Fear".
The community is northwest of the narrows that join Mirond and Pelican Lakes which lie between the Sturgeon-Weir and Churchill River systems. Pelican Narrows is the administrative centre for the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the majority of the townsite is reserve land. The community consists of the Northern Village of Pelican Narrows and Pelican Narrows 184B Indian Reserve. Together they formed a population centre of 2,703 people in 2011.
The Cree settlement dates from at least 1730. It was an area of trade for the Hudson's Bay and North West companies. In 1874, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a permanent post at Pelican Narrows. This became a Northern Store in 1987 which remains open to this day. Roman Catholic missionaries were traversing the area from the mid-19th century and established a permanent mission in 1878. Anglican missionaries arrived in the late 1890s and built a church in 1911. Schoolchildren were sent away for a number of years. In 1967, an all-weather road was built into the community and other services followed.
Pelican Narrows (population centre) with a population of 2,703consists of the Northern Village of Pelican Narrows with 790 people and Pelican Narrows 184B Indian Reserve of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation with 1,913 people.
2,460 people chose Cree as their mother tongue in 2011.
- Pelican Narrows Airport is located 19 km (12 mi) Northeast of Pelican Narrows.
- Napoleon Merasty Memorial Arena features an ice rink and a fitness centre.
- Angelique Canada Health Center
- The Northern Store
- Anglican and Catholic Churches
- The Band Store, located by the Anglican church, burned down in 2007.
An annual walleye fishing derby takes place every year in July.
Schools include the Wapanacak Elementary School and the Opawikoscikan High School which is home of the Tawowikamik Public Library
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