Lac La Ronge Indian Band

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Lac La Ronge Indian Band
Band No. 353
ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽ
PeopleWoodland Cree
TreatyTreaty 6
HeadquartersLa Ronge
Land area433.052 km2
Population (2019)[1]
On reserve6818
On other land179
Off reserve4180
Total population11177
ChiefTammy Miriam Cook-Searson
Tribal Council[1]
Prince Albert Grand Council

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band (Cree: ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽ, mistahi-sâkahikanihk[2]) is a Woodland Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, it is the largest Cree band government in Canada and the largest First Nation in Saskatchewan. The administrative centre of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is located in La Ronge.


La Ronge & Stanley Mission Band of Woods Cree Indians became a signatory to the Treaty 6 on February 11, 1889, signed by Chief James Roberts. In 1900 Peter Ballantyne was allowed to separate from the La Ronge and Stanley Mission Band to form the Peter Ballantyne Band of Cree Indians, the predecessor to the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. In 1910, the La Ronge & Stanley Mission Band split into two entities: Amos Charles Band of Cree Indians (located in Stanley Mission) and the James Roberts Band of Cree Indians (located in La Ronge). In 1950, the two Bands amalgamated and became the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, the current legal name.[3]

Reserves and communities[edit]


Lac La Ronge Indian Band's land-base consists of 18 Indian reserves, some containing one of six communities:[4]

  • Bittern Lake 218—6,886 hectares (17,020 acres)
  • Four Portages 157C—0.20 hectares (0.49 acres)
  • Fox Point 157D—56.70 hectares (140.1 acres)
  • Fox Point 157E—4.20 hectares (10.4 acres)
  • Grandmother's Bay 219—4,488.90 hectares (11,092.3 acres)—containing the community of Grandmother's Bay
  • Kitsakie 156B—74 hectares (180 acres)
  • Lac La Ronge 156—605.40 hectares (1,496.0 acres)—containing the community of La Ronge
  • Little Hills 158—517.20 hectares (1,278.0 acres)
  • Little Hills 158A—38.30 hectares (94.6 acres)
  • Little Hills 158B—131.20 hectares (324.2 acres)
  • Little Red River 106C—12,939.30 hectares (31,973.7 acres)—containing the community of Little Red River
    • originally 12,302.44 hectares (30,400.0 acres)
    • in 1935, additional 650.69 hectares (1,607.9 acres) reserved
  • Little Red River 106D—2,590 hectares (6,400 acres)
  • Morin Lake 217—14,146.10 hectares (34,955.8 acres)—containing the community of Hall Lake
    • originally 13,208.94 hectares (32,640.0 acres)
    • in 1973, additional 936.85 hectares (2,315.0 acres) reserved
  • Old Fort 157B—5.40 hectares (13.3 acres)
  • Potato River 156A—409.50 hectares (1,011.9 acres)
  • Stanley 157—251.30 hectares (621.0 acres)—containing the community of Stanley Mission
  • Stanley 157A—3.80 hectares (9.4 acres)
  • Sucker River 156C—154.80 hectares (382.5 acres)—containing the community of Sucker River

The communities of Stanley Mission, Grandmother's Bay and Little Red River are self-administered. This arrangement ensures that these communities have more control over their services and programs.[5]



The First Nation elects their Council under the Custom Electoral System, consisting of a chief and 12 councillors. The current Council consists of Chief Tammy Cook-Searson and Councillors Devin Bernachez, Michael Bird, Linda Charles, Jimmy Charles, John Halkett, Gerald McKenzie, Keith Mirasty, Ann Ratt, Norman Ross, John Roberts, Sam Roberts, and Dennis Sanderson.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "First Nation Detail". Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Ogg, Arden (August 19, 2015). "Cree Place Names Project". Cree Literacy Network. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-09-11. History
  4. ^ "Reserves/Settlements/Villages". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  5. ^ a b "About Us: Chief and Council". Lac La Ronge Indian Band. December 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2022.

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