Heart Lake First Nation # 469 is located approximately 70 kilometers northeast of the Town of Lac La Biche, Alberta, 220 kilometers northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The First Nation is on a 4496 hectare reserve along the west and north side of Heart Lake. The First Nation is a signatory to Treaty 6 and belongs to the Tribal Chiefs' Ventures Tribal Council. The current Indian Register population is approximately 375 with 190 living on reserve.
Historically the Heart Lake First Nation hunted, trapped and fished extensively within their traditional lands to satisfy a range of subsistence, livelihood, nutritional, social, cultural, spiritual and other needs. This lifestyle and means of prosperous survival is no longer possible due to extensive resource development activity in the area. The Heart Lake First Nation is now looking to take advantage of opportunities that are arising through resource development in order to provide a meaningful life for the Heart Lake community members.
One of the highlights of our economic development is Heart Lake First Nations Construction Ltd. which is 100% First Nation owned company and held in trust by the Chief on behalf of and for the benefit of the members of Heart Lake First Nation. We continue to successfully complete many projects and expand this company and build our capacity.
Heart Lake First Nation recognizes the value of working together with industry, and the advantage of creating training and employment opportunities for our members. We have a number of successful working arrangements with the local oil and gas industry. We attach a community contribution to the project developments we are involved in to supplement the infrastructure and program costs of the Nation. Through the successful relationships we have forged in the past we have numerous accomplishments in community development projects in the First Nation. We look forward to continuing our investment in the Nation in the form of providing services and facilities that will be funded by the business ventures Heart Lake will embark on.
Heart Lake First Nation's 2016 Treaty Days are June 10-12. Its Pow Wow days are August 12-14.