PHASE 1 – Engagement

This project will have meaningful and lasting impact if the people of Île-à-la-Crosse and Sakitawak have full ownership of the project’s aspirations, goals and objectives. 

A lot of research, studies, and consultations have been conducted by the community and by others on various resource, hunting, harvesting, and species at risk issues. This project will set out to bring together various interests led by the Sakitawak Management Team, under common goals of conservation.

The intent is to put these efforts under this program into a permanent structure, but to get there, we need to first gather information and consensus from community members. Various forms of engagement are taking place; meetings, interviews, gatherings, zoom calls with individuals, councils, organizations, and various government officials will guide the first phase and contribute to the development of a conservation plan.

It is important to always be in conversation with community members and those whose knowledge of the area is a representation of the traditional and current use which will guide the process.  Elders to youth, nurses, teachers, parents, trappers, and fishermen; must take full ownership of this project until it becomes something more permanent in structure. Consultations will be made with outreach to non-Indigenous people who have lived in the community for 15 years. Île-à-la-Crosse is and has always been inclusive of all others who live in community.  This is not a project, this is a community.

Identified Community Stakeholders


Village of Ile a la Crosse – Mayor and Council

Elders Group – Healing the Land – N-14 Caribou

Fisherman Association – Big Island Fisherman’s Cooperative

N-14 – Trappers Cooperation

Wild Rice Producers

Sakitawak Greenhouse

Rossignol Elementary School, Ile a la Crosse School Division #112

Rossignol High School

Outfitters – (10) until otherwise identified

Cabin owners – 50 outside owners

A la Baie Métis Local

Canoe River Métis Local

Sakitawak Development Corporation

Radio Station – CILX

Île-à-la-Crosse Friendship Centre

Primrose Lake Economic Development Corporation

Gabriel Dumont Institute

Northwest Policy Unit

Métis Nation – Saskatchewan

Identified External Stakeholders 

Northwest Wood Products

PA Model Forest

Ducks Unlimited

Northern Trappers Association


Buffalo Narrows

Canoe Lake First Nation

English River First Nation

Hamlet of Patuanak

Buffalo River First Nation – Dillon

Boreal Conservation


Mistik Management

Government of Saskatchewan – Environment

Physicians for the Environment

Waterkeepers International

David Suzuki

Jenna Boon – UNESCO