Sandy Lake First Nation

Sandy Lake 88
ᓀᑲᣞ ᕌᑲᐦᐃᑲᓃᐣᐠ
Indian reserve
Sandy Lake Indian Reserve No. 88
Sandy Lake 2.jpg
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
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
DistrictKenora
First NationSandy Lake
Government
 • ChiefDelores Kakegamic
 • Deputy chiefMarcel Linklater
 • Head councillorWayne Kakepetum
Area
 • Land45.69 km2 (17.64 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total1,861
 • Density40.7/km2 (105/sq mi)
Websitewww.sandylake.
firstnation.ca

Sandy Lake First Nation (or Negaw-zaaga'igan Nitam-Anishinaabe) 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 km (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

The First Nation's land base is the 4,266 ha (10,540 acres) Sandy Lake 88 Reserve (Oji-Cree:ᓀᑲᣞ ᕌᑲᐦᐃᑲᓃᐣᐠ (Negaw-zaaga'iganiing). Within this reserve is the community of Sandy Lake, which during the mid-1900s was known as Waabitigweyaang (ᐙᐱᑎᑴᔮᐠ) which translates to White River. 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. 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

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

Language

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

Government

The Sandy Lake First Nation governed by an elected Chief, a Deputy Chief and eight councillors. The current Chief is Delores Kakegamic, and the Deputy Chief is Marcel Linklater. The Head Councillor is Wayne Kakepetum; the other seven Councillors are John McKay, Allan Rae, Fabian Crowe, Russell Kakepetum, Dennis Kakegamic, Yvonne- Fiddler Kakekagumick, and Darren Meekis.

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

Sandy Lake has a subarctic climate (Dfc) with severely cold winters and mild summers.

Climate data for Sandy Lake
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
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)
6
(42)
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)
−6
(21)
Average precipitation mm (inches)20.6
(0.81)
21.5
(0.85)
24.3
(0.96)
22.2
(0.87)
49.0
(1.93)
78.1
(3.07)
97.0
(3.82)
79.4
(3.13)
67.1
(2.64)
58.6
(2.31)
33.9
(1.33)
25.8
(1.02)
577.5
(22.74)
Average precipitation days161312101618201919191816196
Source: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Sandy-Lake-weather-averages/Ontario/CA.aspx

Transportation

Sandy Lake Airport serves the community.

Sandy Lake has the ice/winter road during the winter months for people to drive in and out of the community. It starts at the end of Nungesser Road, goes through North Spirit Lake FN and next is the junction where the road splits into two, one going to Deer Lake FN and the other coming to Sandy Lake FN.

Notable people

References

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

External links

Media files used on this page

Sandy Lake 2.jpg
Author/Creator: Morganbentham, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Around Sandy Lake, 2008
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Author/Creator: The original uploader was Timc at English Wikipedia., Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Kenora District, Ontario