Beaver Lake Cree Nation is a Wood Cree Band. Beaver Lake Band continues to carry the oral traditions and oral knowledge passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. Elders and tradition keepers of Beaver Lake Cree Nation have faithfully kept stories and legends relating to places, events, spiritual matters, burials, ceremonial areas, communal gathering sites, the location of medicinal plants and berries, as well as other important cultural aspects. The principal means of survival, namely, the traditional practices of hunting and fishing are still carried on. Beaver Lake Cree Nation has always valued its heritage and traditional culture, which hold the hope and optimism for self-determination and a strong and enduring future for today’s people and tomorrow’s generations.
Beaver Lake Indian Reserve is located approximately 17 km. southeast of Lac La Biche and about 220 km northeast of Edmonton Alberta. The nation presently encompasses 6145.5 hectares (15,185 acres.) which is within the Treaty 6 territory.
Beaver Lake Cree Nation has taken advantage of many green initiatives offered by both the provincial and federal governments installing solar panels on a number of their community administrative buildings which include their Band Office, Amisk School, Wah Pow Treatment center, Head start building, Health Center, and the Busy Beaver gas station.
Band members are actively engaged in farming, ranching, forestry, the oil and gas industry and other trades and occupations. Beaver Lake Cree Nation has taken great strides to improve the quality of life of its members. Among other things, it has its own school system, health and treatment centers, Head Start program and administration. Beaver Lake Cree Nation also maintains and operates Busy Beaver Gas station on the nation and Spruce Point Campground.