Located in the heartland of the ancient Woodland Cree hunting
and fishing paradise of the Northwest Lakes and situated on the
placid shores of Canoe Lake, a body of water that saw much transit
by that means of transportation long before the arrival of floatplanes
and then roads, is Canoe Narrows. This 'end of road' community lies
some thirty miles as the Eagle flies west of Beauval and is steeped
in the history of the elders who speak of the joys and hardships
of living the life of a hunter-gatherer in the forests and on the
Canoe Narrows is a first Nations community of the Canoe
Lake Band and like other communities of the area it shares in the
heritage and culture that are unique to the north. That heritage
includes a sense of strong independence and self-reliance built
on the "Aboriginal Lifestyle" of sustenance from the land.
Though a once a thriving commercial fishery employed many
of the residents a depletion of fish stocks in the past few decades
has seen many turn to forestry-centered occupations for their livelihood.
The boreal forestland that surrounds Canoe Narrows yields a sustainable
harvest of lumber for homes and pulpwood for large mills that is
seen as the best way to ensure a good futurefor new generations.
A growing community with a strong sense of place and purpose
Canoe narrows can glance back at its past while viewing a promising
Lake First Nation