Traditional Lubicon Lake Nation Governance

We are governed by a Chief and family heads.  Our government is reliant upon and informed by the leadership provided by our Elders' Council.  This is the form our government has always taken.  While we are united in our goals as a government, the layering of Chief, our Elected Councillors and Elders' Council provides us with the assurance that all interests are included in decision making, that authority is shared amongst the Nation and that families who want input into governance have the same.

There are some complexities that arise through illegal and misapplied foreign standards, laws and expectations on our people and our government, but our response is, has been and will always be the same:  the Lubicon Lake Nation is governed in accordance with our customs, laws and traditions.  These customs, laws and traditions are well known to our citizenship and are recorded in our oral traditions and history.  Our Chief for life is Chief Bernard Ominayak and he governs in concert with our Elders' Council and our Elected Councillors.

Attempts to divide our Nation, or to forcefully push for roles in our governance for parties perceived as amenable to Canadian standards and authorities have repeatedly been quashed by our citizens.  We stand unified and as strong as ever; we maintain our sovereignty, our territoriality and our humanity in the face of powerful challenges by the federal and provincial governments.


Our Nation is governed in the way it has always been governed:  our government is of the people, by the people and for the people.  Despite the difficulties facing us as a Nation under siege we have continued to rely upon our ancient traditions, practices, customs and laws to ensure that our government is representative, responsive and accountable.

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.