Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation

    The community of Fond du Lac is situated on the northeast shore of Lake Athabasca in the Athabasca region of northern Saskatchewan, approximately 60 km south of the Northwest Territories border and 1,275 km northwest of Prince Albert1 . It currently maintains a total registered membership of 1,842 members, with 1,045 members residing on reserve and 796 members residing at locations off reserve2. Members are primarily of Dene and Cree decent.

    Founded over 150 years ago, Fond du Lac is one of the oldest and most remote northern communities in Saskatchewan. Access to the community is by seasonal ice road in the winter and by boat during the summer. Two airline companies also provide year round access to the community.

    Father Gamache Memorial School provides education from kindergarten to grade 12 and strives to educate its students in the northern Denesuliné tradition while supporting the cultural and economic plans and aspirations of the Fond du Lac community. During Cultural Camp, the Elders share their cultural and traditional knowledge with the youth, including demonstrations in setting traps, tent raising, fire building, snow shoe races, and preparing and smoking dry meat3 .

    Further, the membership of Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation not only manage and administer their own programs for education, health, social development, etc., they have also made a number of sound business investments. The bustling community has a health center, airstrip, community hall, two band-controlled retail grocery/hardware/dry goods stores, a Catholic church, RCMP detachment, a hotel lodge, day care center, Northlands College office, as well as a new hockey rink which is currently under construction.

    1Prince Albert Grand Council. 2008. E-culture: Fond du Lac. Website: Accessed December 2012.
    2Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. 2012. Registered population of Fond du Lac. Website: Accessed December 2012.
    3Prince Albert Grand Council. 2012. Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation. Website: Accessed December 2012.