Inherent and Traditional Leadership

Our right to govern ourselves in accordance with our traditions and customs is entrenched in Lubicon Lake Nation law. The right to do so is also protected by international law and international standards. Canada has signed on and agreed to these standards. The United Nations' Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (link). 

Our People "have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing" (Article 4). We have exercised our autonomy and made a decision over their internal and local affairs. In doing so, the Lubicon are living our lives rightfully, knowing that the United Nations and Canada have committed to our "right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions" (Article 5).

Lubicon Lake Nation Inherent and Traditional Leadership is also acknowledged and protected by the highest law of Canada – the Canadian Constitution Act. Section 35 protects our right to our traditional and custom governance.

Our leadership is selected according to the provisions of this traditional and custom law. Our government acts with the authority provided by this traditional and custom law. Our People understand and know our traditional and custom laws and ensure that they are followed in all aspects of governance.

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.