About Us

Located in north-central Saskatchewan, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is the largest First Nation in Saskatchewan, and one of the 10 largest in Canada, with a 2016 population of 10712. Our reserve lands extend from rich farmlands in central Saskatchewan, all the way north through the boreal forest to the mighty Churchill River and beyond. Our central administration office is located in La Ronge, 241 km north of Prince Albert, on the edge of the Pre-Cambrian Shield. We are proud of our heritage and our Cree language, and of the educational opportunities, economic successes and social development work made possible by many years of strong leadership.

Official Name:  Lac La Ronge Indian Band Number:  353

CHIEF & COUNCIL

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson
Little Red River Lawrence Halkett
Little Red River Keith Mirasty
Grandmother’s Bay Leon J Charles
Hall Lake McIvor Eninew
Sucker River Larry McKenzie
Stanley Mission Benice Roberts
Stanley Mission John P Roberts
Stanley Mission Linda A Charles
La Ronge Irwin Hennie
La Ronge Ann R Ratt
La Ronge Charlene Venne
La Ronge Sam Roberts

Council of Elders:

La Ronge

  • Jacob Ratt
  • Bella Sanderson

Sucker River

  • Miles Ratt

Stanley Mission

  • Joe Roberts
  • Sarah Ballantyne

Grandmother’s Bay

  • Bill Roberts

Little Red River

  • Thomas Mirasty

Hall Lake

  • Kate Hamilton

Executive Staff:

  • Gladys Christiansen, Executive Director
  • Anna Sanderson, Executive Secretary

Senior Management:

  • Cynthia Cook, Director Social Development
  • Dexter Kinequon, Director of Indian Child and Family Services
  • Evelyn Netmaker, Director of Finance and Administration
  • Kevin Roberts, Director of Sports & Recreation
  • Larry Ahenakew , Director of Education
  • Rick Kuzyk, Director of Health Services
  • Rizwan Ahmed, Director of Support Services
  • Russell Roberts, CEO of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership
  • Tayven Roberts, Director of Public Works/Housing

Membership Authority: Section 11 by Indian Act

Election System: Band custom

Term of Office: 3 years

Last Election: March 2014

Next Election: March 2017

Council Quorum: 7 of 13

Funding Source: Financial Transfer Agreement

Treaty History & Language:

Territory: Treaty 6, Adhesion

Place of Signing: Molanosa (north end of Montreal Lake)

Date Signed: February 11, 1889

Dominant Language: Woodland Cree

Population:

Total Band Membership: 10712 as of December 31, 2016

Reserve Communities & Lands:

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band is composed of six reserve communities and 18 separate reserve lands.

Communities:

  • Grandmother’s Bay
  • Hall Lake
  • La Ronge
  • Little Red River
  • Stanley Mission
  • Sucker River

Political Affiliations:

  • Prince Albert Grand Council (regional)
  • Federation of Saskatchewan Nations (provincial)
  • Assembly of First Nations (national)

The central office in La Ronge administers the band programs for the Lac La Ronge/Kitsaki, Hall Lake, and Sucker River communities in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Education, Employment and Training
  • Social Development.
  • Health Services
  • Indian Child and Family Services
  • Public Works/Housing Branch (includes Lands Management).
  • Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership.
  • Woodland Cree Inc.
  • Justice Unit
  • Day Program
  • Keethanow Group of Businesses

The communities of Stanley Mission, Grandmother’s Bay, and Little Red River are self-administered. This arrangement ensures that these communities have more control over their services and programs.