Big River

first Nation

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.

NOTICE. Due do deaths in the community, band meetings have been rescheduled. ID Card Clinics will continue at urban locations. See posters below.

Big River First Nation Indian Registry Department:

Need assistance with your status card or other essential documents? We’ve got you covered! Join us for our ID Card Clinics (with the Prince Albert and Saskatoon ID Clinics happening alongside the Agricultural and Benefits Meetings).

Here are the details:  Date & Time:

Prince Albert: May 7, 2024: 1 pm – 5 pm Location: Ramada, Meeting Room

Saskatoon: May 8, 2024: 11 am – 5 pm Location: Saskatoon Ramada

We’re also extending our reach to Edmonton and North Battleford**

North Battleford: May 9, 2024: 11 am – 4 pm Location: Gold Eagle Lodge

Edmonton: May 13, 2024: 4 pm – 7 pm May 14, 2024: 9 am – 4 pm

Location: Wyngate Hotel, 18220, 100th Avenue AB, T5S 2V2 

See poster for details.

Registration for Indian Status will continue as well.

Keep checking website for updates.

For smooth processing, please bring the following:

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.

Hubert Whitefish will be attending to help out with Revenue Canada applications.

Social Development and Jordan’s Principle will be helping out with birth certificates.

If transportation is needed, it will be provided as per the social development and Jordan’s Principle department.

639-922-7130 Jordan’s Principle.

639-922-7148 Social Development.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your essential documents in order. Mark your calendars and spread the word! We look forward to seeing you there!



Options to order a birth Certificate

Here is a link to order your birth certifcate through the eHealth Saskatchewan website online. 

Below is a video on how to order a birth Certificate. For treaty cards we will require a long-form birth certificate, which is $40.00.

If you are on Social Assistance and require help, please see the poster from Social Development.


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