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Chapter 10: First Nations Settlements

10.12: The Fisher River First Nation


The First Nation (population 1,173 in 2006) is located on either side of the eastward-flowing Fisher River 1 where it enters Fisher Bay, a southwestern branch of Lake Winnipeg. The area is underlain by Ordovician rocks including dolomite, dolomitic limestone, and limestone.

The photo shows part of the reserve just above Fisher Bay. The river widens just below a bridge 2 and a set of rapids 3. Land close to the river has been cleared for agriculture, but to the north 4 and especially to the south 5, the land is wooded—densely in some areas 6 but sparsely in others 7.

Settlement in the area is very dispersed; there is no obvious centre, although some large buildings occur west of the bridge 8. Individual dwellings 9 occur on both sides of PR 224 10 in the north, and a jetty is seen in one location 11. South of the river, dwellings occur between a gravel road 12 and the river.

The stretch of river below the bridge is affected by water level fluctuations in Fisher Bay to the east; a white flood level line can be seen south of the river 13. In spring 2004 100 people were evacuated from the Fisher Reserve.[i]

Figure 10.12: The Fisher River First Nation

Figure 10.12: The Fisher River First Nation

Figure 10.12

Vertical air photograph: A20602-35

Flight height: 6,545 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.44 mm

Scale: 1:10,000 (very approx.)

Date: June 12, 1968

Location: Township 28; Range 1E

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62P Hecla

                    1:50,000 62P/6 Fisher River


[i] Globe and Mail. April 10, 2004.