O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation
The O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation is a First Nations band government for about 1,100 Cree centered in the South Indian Lake community of Manitoba, Canada. It is located on the shores of South Indian Lake, about 130 km north of the city of Thompson.
Created in December 2005, the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation was formerly part of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation which includes the Cree community of Nelson House. The Southern Indian Lake community, which was founded in 1875, was historically the second largest community of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, with about a quarter of the total population. In 1995, after many decades of discussions, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the federal and provincial governments and First Nation representatives to formalize a process to have the Southern Indian Lake community recognized as a separate Cree Nation.
The O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Nation's reserve lands include about 113 km² of lands.
- Announcement of the creation of the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation
- History of the movement to create the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (PDF)
- Map of South Indian Lake at Statcan