The residents of Nemeiben River often referred to as Sucker
River as the Cree name is translated, are part of the Lac La
Ronge First Nation. The people of this small community that lines
the banks of the Nemeiben River near the shores of Lac La Ronge
follow a traditional lifestyle and although their close proximity
to La Ronge affords many residents the occupational variety available
in a larger center some still chose to "live off of the land" in
the traditional way.
The community sprang from camps that had been established
in the area for many generations to harvest the abundant fish that
the settlement takes its name from. A road and bridge that came
through the community has allowed easier access and made the area
conducive to year round living and so the community has grown to
the point where it has developed a modern infrastructure and a growing
Many of the elderly residents have retained the skills of
old, that when mastered offer a person something traditional, real
and tangible to apply towards living a northern life. The community
wants to see their children and grandchildren attain skills in the
new ways but they want to pass a piece of the old ways down for
future generations to discover.
River is a place to visit to gather an appreciation for the northern
lifestyle, the forest, the river, the clear lake waters, and
the myriad stories of the old ways will not be lost.
The residents of Sucker River take pride in the growth of
their community and appreciate the benefits that living in a "quietly
serene" northern community can provide.
Lac Ronge Indian Band News