Fort McKay First Nation
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations reserve is across the lakefrom the
It is approximately 200 air kms north of
600 kms northeast of
back to 1788 when the North West Company established
an outpost there. As the demand for fur increased, the lifestyle
of the Chipewyan people in this area was significantly altered.
The Chipewyan people traded at the Fort in the spring and fall,
and in time, some began to use it as a base. The signing of Treaty
No. 8 drew more people to the area. December 1996 figures estimates approximately 618 Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation members, most of which live off the reserve.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is governed by a Chief and four councilors.
Chief Archie Cyprien
Councilor Lily Marcel
Councilor Gregory Marcel
Councilor Allan Adam
The three major resource base activities in the
The only vehicle access to
River Barge Service
Although there is no passenger service via the river barge they are used during the summer to transport goods to the community.
No rail service to this community.
There is a weekly bus service from
Child Welfare Services
Alberta Family and Social Services located in
Income Security Services
The Athabasca Chipewyan have a full time social worker to deliver this program.
Health & Welfare Canada and the local Nunee Health Board deliver health services to Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation members. Registered nurses and Community Health Representatives staff a nursing station. Other services include a visiting doctor two days per week, a dentist bimonthly, an optometrist four times per year and, a psychologist on a monthly basis.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations is served by the Fort Chipewyan RCMP Detachment.
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations students attend the Grades K-12 Athabasca Delta Community School which is delivered by Northland School Division. Keyano College of Fort McMurray offers upgrading and some post-secondary courses in the community.
Many of the Chipewyan households have a telephone. CBC radio and television is available to the residents.
Facilities include a curling rink, hockey rink, baseball diamond, community center, outdoor parks, and school gymnasium.
Telephone: (403) 697-3730
Fax: (403) 697-3500