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Big River First Naton is located 98 Kilometeres north west of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, with a population of approximately 4000 people of Cree descent.

About Big River First Nation

Big River First Nation is located 120 kilometers northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Big River First Nation has a proud reputation as a traditional Cree community where the majority of youth fluently speak the Cree language. Big River First Nation has also strengthened their families through cultural ceremonies such as sun dances, chicken dances, round dances, community feasts, as well as by hosting and attending local surrounding pow wows throughout the years. With nearly 30,000 acres of reserve land, Big River has its roots in Treaty No. 6 of 1878. Led by Chief SeSeWaHum and later by Chief Kinematayo, Big River First Nation members made their living by hunting and fishing until 20 years after treaty adhesion.

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School updates

New High School

Aodbt architecture + interior design and the school steering committee has begun design work on a new High School for the community.  On February 1, 2018 the consultants held a Community Information Session to meet with school staff, Elders, and community members to present the findings of the School Feasibility Study, discuss 21st-Century Learning concepts, get information from the community, and answer questions about the design process.

The new school will be approximately 5,100 square metres in size, and include the latest in educational amenities.

Community History

Many years ago, an Indian living at Athabaska had a vision of a land to the east with many wild animals for hunting such as deer, moose and elk. In this new land, there were also numerous small bodies of water with an exhaustless supply of fish. One lake in particular was noted for the supply of whitefish. That Spring, the courageous Indian and his three sons set out in search of this new land. They travelled many long days following water as close as possible but often making many portages from one stream to the other. In the Fall, the Indian explorers found the land which they had searched for. The landmark, which told them they had reached the land of their dreams, is just a few yards from the Church of England School.

Today, Big River First Nation is located 120 kilometers northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Big River First Nation has a proud reputation as a traditional Cree community where the majority of youth fluently speak the Cree language. Big River First Nation has also strengthened their families through cultural ceremonies such as sun dances, chicken dances, round dances, community feasts, as well as by hosting and attending local surrounding pow wows throughout the years. With nearly 30,000 acres of reserve land, Big River has its roots in Treaty No. 6 of 1878. Led by Chief SeSeWaHum and later by Chief Kinematayo, Big River First Nation members made their living by hunting and fishing until 20 years after treaty adhesion.

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