The Bigstone Cree Nation is a First Nation in Alberta, Canada. As Woodland Cree, we are a western branch of the larger Cree Nation.

With lands adjacent to four lakes (North Wabasca, South Wabasca, Sandy, and Calling) in northern Alberta's boreal forest, the First Nation is rich in fishing and wild game.

The Bigstone Cree Nation has a population of 6,781 as of February 1, 2007. Of the 6,781, 2,397 live on-reserve, 707 live in the isolated communities and 3,677 live off-reserve.

The Bigstone Cree have six reserves established in northern Alberta, for a total of 21,066.6 hectares. These include 166 A, 166 B, 166 C, 166 D, all in the vicinity of the Hamlet of Wabasca (also known as Wabasca-Desmarais), 166 south of the Hamlet of Sandy Lake, and Jean Baptiste Gambler Reserve 183 surrounded by the Hamlet of Calling Lake.

The Calling Lake Reserve is partially within the hamlet of the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. It is located on Highway 813 along the eastern shore of Calling Lake, immediately north of Calling Lake Provincial Park. It is approximately 59 km north of Athabasca and 113 km south of Wabasca and has an elevation of 595 m (1,952 ft).

Calling Lake is recognized as two separate designated places by Statistics Canada – Calling Lake (which includes lands on either side of the Jean Baptiste Gambler 183 Indian reserve) and Centre Calling Lake (which is between the designated place of Calling Lake to the north and Calling Lake Provincial Park to the south).

Chipewyan Lake Reserve is a small community within the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. It is located on the southern shore of Chipewyan Lake approximately 110 km north of Wabasca-Desmarais, AB and 128 km west of Fort McMurray. The community is not accessible by Alberta's provincial highway system.

Chipewyan Lake had a population of 38 living in 16 of its 35 total dwellings, a -54.2% change from its 2006 population of 83.


6, 781

Languages Spoken:
Woodland Cree, English

Total number of reserves: 7

Total Area: 21, 016.8 hectares

Community Services:
School, school transportation, RCMP, Band office, fire hall, health centres, child and family services, elders lodge and centre, youth programs, daycare, pharmacy, public works, woman's shelter, referral services, retail mall, highway truckstop.


Wabasca-Desmarais, AB

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Calling Lake, AB


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Chipewyan Lake, AB


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