The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) organization
celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2007. In 1977 the twelve
First Nations located in central and northern Saskatchewan
established a tribal council, or political alliance, which they
named the Prince Albert District Chiefs (PADC). The
alliance was later formally renamed as the Prince Albert
Tribal Council (PATC), then later, Prince Albert Grand
Council or "PAGC."
The PAGC First Nation members are Wahpeton Dakota
Nation, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, James Smith Cree
Nation, Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Lac La Ronge Indian
Band, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, Cumberland House
Cree Nation, Shoal Lake Cree Nation, Red Earth Cree
Nation, Lac La Hache Dene Nation, Black Lake Dene
Nation and Fond du Lac Dene Nation.
PAGC is on the same path blazed by their forebears who
signed the Treaties in good faith with the Queen of England
representatives, and with those courageous leaders of
yesteryear who fought the Government of Canada for not
honouring and respecting the Spirit and Intent of the
Within the past 50 years PAGC and their allied tribal
councils formed the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian
Nations. Together with the Assembly of First Nations, they
have achieved unprecedented success in the realization of
social, economic, spiritual and cultural renewal for their
constituents. The Department of Indian Affairs, after 100
years of domination, was not able to achieve this.
The PAGC vision and mission focuses on the protection
and implementation of the Treaties that were signed in
1876 by First Nations and the Crown in right of Great
Britain. As well, the Prince Albert Grand Council is
committed to support its member First Nations achieve and
implement independent, progressive self-governments and
improve quality of life for their constituents through
appropriate and productive social and economic strategies.
The future looks better for First Nations people but there
are still many challenges to face. It is imperative for all
governments - provincial, federal and First Nations - to
continue working together in good faith. When First
Nations win everyone in Canada wins.