Sandy Lake First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

Description & Services
Public Comments Independent First Nation (No Tribal Council affiliation) 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #5 
  • Known as Sandy Lake #88, the community is made up of 5 geographical areas/sections: River, Centre, Airport/Big Rock, Old Sawmill/Ghost Point and R.C. 
  • Elders Council (5 members) & Youth Council (5 members) elected during General Band Elections; includes 1 elder and 1 youth representative from each of the 5 geographical areas of the community  
  • Sandy Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • A remote and isolated community accessible by plane or 145 km of ice road from North Spirit Lake during winter road season
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Sandy Lake First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers community businesses including a Northern Store, 4 smaller convenience stores, a few gas stations, the Sandy Lake Motel, Sandy Lake Seaplane Base and a few small privately-run businesses 
  • Provides an elementary school and a high school as well as an adult learning centre for distance education 
  • Offers 6 churches of various denominations 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service  
  • Served by a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and served by Wasaya Airways with daily direct flights to Winnipeg, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout 
  • Provides air ambulance services as needed  
  • Offers a local radio station which is the lifeline of the community and television station 
  • Participates in the Junior Canadian Rangers Program for youth (12-18 years) which teaches various skills including but not limited to first aid, using rifles safely, hunting and fishing, Native customs and traditions, healthy living, staying in school and drug and alcohol abuse awareness
 
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Community Development Services 
  • Community Development Services, Public Works 
  • Housing Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Recreation Department 
  • Sandy Lake Board of Education 
  • Sandy Lake Board of Education, Gabbius Goodman Memorial Learning Centre 
  • Sandy Lake Board of Education, Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School 
  • Sandy Lake Board of Education, Thomas Fiddler Memorial High School 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Brighter Futures Program 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Child Wellness Program 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Dental Health Program 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Maternal Child Health Prorgam 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Nishtum Head Start Program 
  • Sandy Lake Early Childhood Development Centre, Prenatal Nutrition Program 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, Crisis Intervention 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, Home Care Program 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, Mental Health Program 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, Nursing Station 
  • Sandy Lake Health Authority, Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Program 
  • Sandy Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Sandy Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Sandy Lake First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Main 807-774-3421 
807-774-5121
Fax 807-774-1040
Website www.sandylake.firstnation.ca
Primary Contact Joyce Goodman, Receptionist
Alternate Contact Joe C Meekis, Executive Director
Primary Executive Bartholemew Meekis, Chief; Phone: (Residence) 807-774-1385; Email: bartmeekis@knet.ca
Alternate Executive Robert Kakegamic, Deputy Chief; Phone: 807-774-3421 ext 222 * (Residence) 807-774-5275
Site Location Community is approx 227 km NE of Red Lake, on the NW end of Sandy Lake and along the Manitoba border
Located In Community Sandy Lake First Nation
Address Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
 
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Mailing Address c/o Robert Fiddler Administration Building 
PO Box 12 
Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief, Deputy Chief and 8 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Mar 2018