The Cross Lake Indian Reserve consists of Reserve No. 19, 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D, and 19E. All are adjacent to each other and located approximately 190 air kilometers (118.5 miles) south of Thompson and 520 air kilometers (325 miles) north of Winnipeg along the shore of the Nelson River, where it enters into Cross Lake. According to the regional population statistics as of August 2016; the Band has an on-reserve population is 6,047 and an off-reserve population of 2,399. The total Band population is 8,446.
There are individuals of non-aborginal origin, as well as a number of Metis residing on-reserve. The majority of the population is treaty status.
The residents live in seven(7) primary districts:
The original settlements of Cross Lake where: Natimik, Wapak and Saggitawak.
On-reserve facilities include a Band Administration Building, Community Hall, Awasis, Tobacco Sales office, Arena, Construction and Maintenance garage, Housing Warehouses, Daycare, Playgrounds, Ballfields, and a fully developed track and field area, Royal Bank, Radio and TV Station building. There are facilities for fire and police (RCMP) protection, hydro services (from Jenpeg Generating Station), Postal Services (daily), Health Care (Variety of Services), and Child and Family services.
The Band has one (1) fire truck and 7 water truck with fire fighting capabilities.The Band also has joint forces with the Cross Lake Community (metis) fire department.
There are 14 officers stationed in the Cross Lake RCMP detachment. The Band also employs five (5) First Nation Constables.
The community draws its water from Nelson River. It is chlorinated, filtered, and distributed via pipe system and water trucks delivery. About 85 % of the community has a holding system and 15 % has underground pipe system. The Band has 7 water trucks.
Most of the Community members have their own septic tank. The school, teacherages, and part of the community utilize a lagoon. The Band Administration office, Communication Building, Nursing Station, Band Residences, Awasis, and Northern Store use a secondary treatment facility operated by the Cross Lake Community.
Every household utilizes a garbage bin and Band contracts a local member to do a daily pick up.
There is an all weather road (PR #374) from Provincial Road No.373 with bridge crossing at Pipestone Lake coming into the community. There are approximately 40 kilometres of internal roads, 70% paved and remaining roads are gravel.
Land Entitlement Status
The Band has an outstanding treaty land entitlement. Outstanding land exchange claim in Northern Flood Agreement. Outstanding land dispute exercised by illegal transfer of reserve land to private citizens/Organizations.
The community is accessible by road year round and have a daily bus schedule. A 3,000 foot gravel airstrip is maintained by the province in the community and is serviced by schedule flights on a daily basis.
Resources, Economic and Employment Developement
Trapping, hunting, and commercial fishing.
Mid-North Development Corporation
The Cross Lake Band operates a local radio station(CFNC), and also receives signals from Thompson and Winnipeg. Full telephone, cell phone services and Internet connection is available.
Hydro Service is provided by land line
Our community is situated at the center of the province of Manitoba, CANADA, 520 kms north of the city of Winnipeg, and 120 kms south of the city of Thompson, Manitoba