Big River

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Our Vision statement

Through investing as a community in life-long learning and sharing our knowledge, Big River First Nation will be a sustainable community that is healthy, Safe, and Vibrant, rooted in the values of our Culture and Land.

We value & respect our elders

We value our Elders and recognize the need to take care of them; they require social interaction and opportunities to pass on their teachings.

We Are Proud of our Ancestry

We are proud of our culture and language and they must be taught both at the home and in the school. Preserving our language means preserving our culture, losing our language means losing our culture.

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Preserving our environment is vital for sustaining life. This includes prioritizing the health of our children and fostering strong family bonds. Understanding our family connections strengthens our sense of kinship and support. Equally important is empowering our youth through education, ensuring they are prepared to lead and contribute positively to society.

Big River First Nation Indian Registry Department

We’re accepting registrations for Indian status at the Saskatoon urban office Friday, April 12th.

Plans for Prince Albert and Edmonton coming soon.

Bring original birth certificates (long form) and two pieces of ID for applying parents

One of the two IDs must be a picture ID.

For a child (15 or younger), any legal documents granting custody or guardianship of the child to the applying parent/legal guardian may be required.

For a dependent adult, the guardianship order may be required.



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Embarking on a journey through the rich tapestry of Big River First Nation’s history reveals a legacy marked by resilience, community spirit, and remarkable achievements. From its establishment to the present day, Big River First Nation has continuously evolved, carving a path of progress and development. Over the years, the community has witnessed transformative milestones in the construction of essential infrastructure, showcasing a commitment to providing a strong foundation for its residents. Notable achievements include the establishment of key buildings, advancements in infrastructure, and strategic initiatives that reflect the community’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life for its members. This timeline serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of Big River First Nation and its pursuit of sustainable growth and prosperity.

Everything deserves respect: our traditions, different beliefs, the natural and built environments, our own property as well as the property of others, our neighbourhood and community, and community members. It is essential for those who work with us to show us respect and to respect our ways. It is essential for us to earn and return that respect.

Community Development Initiative, Big River First Nation Band 2019


Our Latest Announcements

membership repairs

O&M Department

Become a Foster Parent

MSCFS Building

Get a Check Up

Health Clinic

Entrepreneurial Support

Download Application here: SBDG

Become a committee member

Band Administration Building

Join the anti-bullying contest!

MSCFS Building/Online

Community Context

Big River First Nation  demographic data

% Registered on-reserve Female Population, 2021

% 65+ Years Old, 2021

Average Age (years), 2021

*These number are per the Community Development Initiative.


Latest News

Successful Parent Gathering Conference

March 13th & 14th, 2024

The parent gathering event hosted for Big River First Nation in collaboration with Mistahi Sipiy Child and Family Services (MSCFS) was a resounding success, weaving together a tapestry of cultural enrichment, community engagement, and personal well-being. With information booths representing various departments, attendees were provided invaluable insights into the array of services available to them, fostering a deeper understanding of the resources accessible within their community. Traditional teaching presentations offered a glimpse into the rich heritage and customs of the First Nation, imparting wisdom passed down through generations and reinforcing the significance of cultural preservation within the traditional family systems.

Amidst the festivities, self-care sessions and services were offered, prioritizing the holistic well-being of participants. From mindfulness workshops to rejuvenating massages, individuals were encouraged to prioritize their mental, emotional, and physical health in a nurturing and supportive environment. Moreover, the inclusion of local youth entrepreneurs not only showcased the entrepreneurial spirit thriving within the community but also provided a platform for economic empowerment and collaboration. As laughter echoed through the gathering and bonds were strengthened, it was evident that the event had not only informed and uplifted but had also fostered a sense of unity and belonging among all attendees. Through its multifaceted approach, the parent gathering exemplified the vibrant spirit and resilience of Big River First Nation, leaving a lasting impact on all who participated.

Contacts Us

Feel free to reach out to Big River First Nation Band Administration.

P.O. Box 519, Debden, Sk., S0J0S0

Call: +306.724.4700