Sandy Lake First Nation
|Sandy Lake 88
|Sandy Lake 88 Indian Reserve|
|First Nation||Sandy Lake|
|• Chief||Bart Meekis|
|• Deputy chief||Robert Kakegamic|
|• Head councillor||Wayne Kakepetum|
|• Land||45.69 km2 (17.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||40.7/km2 (105/sq mi)|
Sandy Lake First Nation (or Negaw-zaaga'igani Nitam-Anishinaabe, Oji-Cree: ᓀᑲᐤ ᕊᑲᐃᑲᓂᐣ᙮) is an independent Oji-Cree First Nation band government. The First Nation community, in the west part of Northern Ontario, is located in the Kenora District, 227 kilometres (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.
The First Nation's land base is the 4,266 hectare (10541.47 acre) Sandy Lake 88 Reserve. 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 / Center
- Big Rock / Ghost Point
- Old Sawmill
- Roman Catholic
Sandy Lake is serviced by a Northern Store owned by the North West Company Inc. The community is a fly-in community, serviced by Wasaya, Superior and Perimeter Airlines, and is linked to the rest of the province by winter ice roads that travel south towards Deer Lake and Pikangikum, open for approximately six weeks during the winter months.
Five doodem are found at Sandy Lake First Nation. They are Suckers, Pelicans, Crane, Caribou and Sturgeon clans.
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 data for Sandy Lake|
|Average high °C (°F)||−15
|Average low °C (°F)||−26
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||20.6
|Average precipitation days||16||13||12||10||16||18||20||19||19||19||18||16||196|
|Unorganized Kenora||Unorganized Kenora|
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