History with Canadian Government

We were not approached in 1899 when Treaty Commissioners (Treaty No. 8) traveled through what is now Alberta to make Treaty with the Nations here. As a result, we were left off reserve and band lists. We have no reserve to this day.

We have been in a constant battle to have our Nation, Nationhood and territoriality respected and our peoples and boundaries honoured. We have been told by Canada that "it would serve our purpose very well (if the group was not established)."1 Historically, Canada also declared us as too remote for proper administration by the Federal Government. We have been subject to arbitrary determinations and re-characterizations of our people as Indigenous peoples.2 We continue to see attempts by Canada to establish standards, situations and scenarios within which our Government is attacked, marginalized or demonized.

We have entered negotiations on a number of occasions to address the nature of the relationship between our Nation and Canada. While we felt some headway was made upon occasion, ultimately the Government of Canada has refused to resolve our outstanding land claim. As a result, we have one of the longest unresolved disputes related to Indigenous lands on the planet.

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.