Sandy Lake First Nation

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Sandy Lake 88
ᓀᑲ ᕊᑲᐃᑲᓂᐣ
Indian reserve
Sandy Lake Indian Reserve No. 88
Skyline of Sandy Lake 88
Sandy Lake 88 is located in Ontario
Sandy Lake 88
Sandy Lake 88
Coordinates: 53°04′N 93°20′W / 53.067°N 93.333°W / 53.067; -93.333Coordinates: 53°04′N 93°20′W / 53.067°N 93.333°W / 53.067; -93.333
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Kenora
First Nation Sandy Lake
Government
 • Chief Bart Meekis
 • Deputy chief Robert Kakegamic
 • Head councillor Wayne Kakepetum
Area[1]
 • Land 45.69 km2 (17.64 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,861
 • Density 40.7/km2 (105/sq mi)
Website www.sandylake.
firstnation.ca

Sandy Lake First Nation (or Negaw-zaaga'igani Nitam-Anishinaabe, Oji-Cree: ᓀᑲ ᕊᑲᐃᑲᓂᐣ) is an independent Oji-Cree First Nations band government. The First Nations 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. As of December 2015 the total registered population reached 3,034. 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. 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 / Centre
  • Big Rock / Ghost Point
  • Old Sawmill
  • River
  • 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 a winter ice road that travels southwest towards Deer Lake and Pikangikum, meeting Red Lake via the Nungesser Road, which is open for approximately six weeks during the winter months.

Sandy Lake's education is maintained by the Sandy Lake Board of Education, and is serviced by three schools: Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School, Thomas Fiddler Memorial High School, and Washtennigun Christian School. There is also an operational Adult Learning Center, with ties to Confederation College and Lakehead University.

Clans[edit]

Five doodem are found at Sandy Lake First Nation; these five clans are the: Suckers, Pelicans, Crane, Caribou and Sturgeon.

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.

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

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)
Average 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)
Average 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

Famous people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sandy Lake 88 census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 

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