Statement of Elders’ Council

As a Nation and as Peoples, we stand behind the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation. We acknowledge Chief Bernard Ominayak as leader and honour the customs, traditions, and laws that are in place to make sure that our leaders are Lubicon law abiding, that they are selected through those traditions and customs, and that in all instances, the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation acts with the authority held within those customs, traditions, and laws.

Our role, as a Council, is in part to insure that those strict traditions and customs are adhered to. In leadership selection. In governing. In decision making.

In this way and with this role, we want to be clear: Chief Ominayak was selected as Chief for Life and the people of the Lubicon Lake Nation support this. On July 19, 2012, this understanding was amplified and shared with the world: there is only one Chief, it is Chief Ominayak and he has the support of the Nation.

There is no division in our Nation.

All decisions about who leads, how they lead and who the government is at the Lubicon Lake Nation are made in accordance with those traditions, customs and laws. We are not an Indian Act band. We do not act within the confines of Canadian legislation. Our standards housed in those traditional laws and customs are much more rigorous and require a greater degree of accountability than we have seen in many other places or legislation.

Welcome to the website for the Lubicon Lake Nation

We are the Lubicon Lake Nation: a sovereign and self-determining peoples. The Lubicon Lake Nation is a distinct Indigenous Nation with a well-defined traditional Territory in what is now known as north-central Alberta, Canada (see Map). We are Cree peoples, Neheyiwak, and were and have been hunting, fishing and trapping on our Traditional Territory long before the creation of Canada. We continue to occupy and protect our Traditional Territory today. We have never surrendered or ceded our land to a foreign government. Our Nation maintains jurisdiction over, authority for, and autonomy of our Traditional Territory, Nation and peoples.