Chapter 10: First Nations Settlements
The two driving forces influencing the layout of settlements in southern
10.6: Part of South Indian Lake
The First Nations settlement of South Indian Lake (population 857 in 2006) is located at the south end of Southern Indian Lake on the east side of a channel leading to South Bay 1. The photo shows the central part of the isolated settlement. It is, however, served by a ferry which travels south across South Bay to link with a gravel road which in turn leads to Leaf Rapids on PR 391 (between Thompson and Lynn Lake). It is also served by floatplanes. On the photo two large jetties can be seen 2 that may serve as terminals for these services. Other smaller jetties 3 also occur especially in the north.
The buildings of the settlement are strung out along a road that roughly parallels the lakeshore 4. Two residential bays are seen in the south 5 with more residences along side roads in the north 6. Also in the north are several large buildings, one of which may be a school 7 with a hockey rink 8 nearby.
The small island in the west 9 has a clearing 10 along which a hydro line runs. Its continuation on the mainland is not obvious but the shadows of hydro poles 11 can be seen in several locations. Although there are several roads, only one vehicle 12 can be located. The settlement lies within the northern coniferous forest zone.[i] Coniferous trees can be identified by the shape of their shadows in locations along the shore 13.
Figure 10.6: Part of South Indian Lake
Vertical air photograph: MB 90032-145
Flight height: 3,950 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.025 mm
Scale: 1:6,000 (approx.)
Date: August 5, 1990
Location: Township 90; Range 10 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 64B
[i] Scott, G. A. J. op. cit., 1996, figure 4.2, 45.