History

The Pelican Lake First Nation has 1,030 band members, all of Cree ancestry.  Pelican Lake First Nation is located on the shore of Chitek Lake, approximately 170 miles northeast of Saskatoon, 115 miles northwest of North Battleford and 120 miles west of Prince Albert.

Pelican Lake First Nation has long term vision of healthy individuals, families and community.  Achieving self-sufficiency and self-reliance through increased employment is an important component of this long-term vision.  The First Nation has goals to achieve employment and economic equivalence with the rest of Saskatchewan, into the next millennium.

At date of first survey, the Pelican Lake First Nation received 8,630.4 acres for reserve land.  Through the Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Process, Pelican Lake was awarded and additional 36,714.66 acres in 1979.  Further completed, in 1992 by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, determined that Pelican Lake was legally entitled to a minimum of 36,714 acres under Treaty No. Six.  Pelican Lake First Nation voted in favor of ratifying the TLE Agreement in September of 1995, which provided the First Nation with a total of 30,753.06 additional equity acres to Reserve status.  The TLE Process will allow Pelican Lake First Nation to increase its total Reserve land to 45,345 acres.

Population

At date of first survey there was total of 112 band members.  Since then, our population has grown to 1,030 band members.  Approximately 80% of our population live on or near Pelican Lake First Nation, and the remainders are spread throughout various communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.