activities are the baseline occupation for the residents of
the community of Garson Lake, a tiny outpost of about thirty-five
people just 40 kilometres "as the crow flies" southwest of La Loche.
Garson Lake is imbued with northern aboriginal culture and had the
protection of being remote and difficult to access, until a road
to nearby La Loche was recently completed. The road to Garson Lake
has provided access to many hitherto unavailable or difficult to
acquire services for the residents and despite the other changes
that it possibly brings it has given the community freedom from
previous geographical restrictions.
Garson Lake now lies at the halfway point between La Loche
and Fort McMurray Alberta, a larger community with immense resources
based on the oil sands extraction industry, what impact this will
have on this little settlement is yet to be seen. The lake that
gives the community its name provides fish and fresh water for the
residents and the prospect for other developments now seems quite
a bit brighter with road access to the rest of the north.
is a flavour of family and closeness to a boreal forest community
like Garson Lake. The resources of the lake for which the community
is named and the abundant local wildlife has been the mainstay of
this "families" livelihood for some generations.
The people of Garson Lake live close to their land and appreciate
the fact that nature has provided almost all their needs and that
reality must be acknowledged, revered and respected.
Metis - Newreed