Sandy Lake First Nation

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Sandy Lake First Nation (or Negaw-zaaga'igani Nitam-Anishinaabe) is an independent Oji-Cree First Nation. The First Nation community, in the west part of Northern Ontario, is located in the Kenora District, 227 kilometers (141 mi) northeast of Red Lake, Ontario. Its registered population in June 2007 was 2,474. Sandy Lake First Nation maintains an affiliation with Nishnawbe Aski Nation, as a signatory to the Treaty 5.

Sandy Lake is policed by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, an Aboriginal based service.

Reserve[edit]

The First Nation's land base is the 4,266 hectare (10541.47 acre) Sandy Lake 88 Reserve.

Sandy Lake, July 2008

Within this reserve is the community of Sandy Lake, which during the mid-1900s was known as Wabitigweyaang. Associated with the community, the Sandy Lake First Nation maintains seven neighbourhoods grouped into five districts:

  • Airport / Big Rock
  • Centre
  • Ghost Point / Old Sawmill
  • River
  • R.C. side
Around town, 2008

The community is linked to the rest of the province by winter ice roads that travel south towards Deer Lake and Pikangikum.

Clans[edit]

Robert Fiddler, Sucker clan leader and chief of Deer and Sandy Lake Bands at time of treaties.

Five doodem are found at Sandy Lake First Nation. They are Suckers, Pelicans, Crane, Caribou and Sturgeon clans.

Language[edit]

The Sandy Lake First Nation speaks the Oji-Cree language and uses the western Ojibwe Syllabics.

Government[edit]

The Sandy Lake First Nation governed by an elected Chief, a Deputy Chief and (8) eight councilors. The current Chief is Bart Meekis, and the Deputy Chief is Robert Kakegamic. The Head Councillor is Fabian Crowe; the other seven Councillors are Dennis Kakegamic, Russell Kakepetum, Harvey Kakegamic, Allen Rae, Joe Kakegamic, Wayne Kakepetum and Rusty Fiddler.

In addition to the Governance Council, the Sandy Lake First Nation maintains an Elder Council to advise the Governance Council. Working with the Governance Council, six boards carry out the Council's operations: Community Development Services, Education, Health, Housing, Radio Station, and Recreation.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Sandy Lake
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −15
(5)
−11
(12)
−3
(27)
7
(45)
15
(59)
21
(70)
24
(75)
23
(73)
16
(61)
7
(45)
−4
(25)
−13
(9)
5.6
(42.2)
Average low °C (°F) −26
(−15)
−25
(−13)
−17
(1)
−7
(19)
1
(34)
8
(46)
13
(55)
12
(54)
6
(43)
−1
(30)
−12
(10)
−22
(−8)
−5.8
(21.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 20.6
(0.811)
21.5
(0.846)
24.3
(0.957)
22.2
(0.874)
49.0
(1.929)
78.1
(3.075)
97.0
(3.819)
79.4
(3.126)
67.1
(2.642)
58.6
(2.307)
33.9
(1.335)
25.8
(1.016)
577.5
(22.737)
Avg. precipitation days 16 13 12 10 16 18 20 19 19 19 18 16 196
Source: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Sandy-Lake-weather-averages/Ontario/CA.aspx

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Coordinates: 53°04′26″N 93°19′33″W / 53.07389°N 93.32583°W / 53.07389; -93.32583