About Deer Lake

The Deer Lake First Nation is a small oji-cree community which holds 1653.6 hectres of land located approximately 180 kilometers North of Red Lake, Ontario. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 1,100, and a total membership of approximately 1,200. It is accessible year-round by air, and by ice road. It is connected to Sandy Lake First Nation, and North Spirit Lake First Nation during the coldest months of the winter, as a result, experience in higher cost of transportation.

Community Services and Facilities

  • Day Care Centre
  • E-centre Building
  • some firefighting equipment available on reserve
  • one Mennonite, one United and one Pentecostal church
  • baseball field, seasonal rink
  • nursing station
  • access to Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital; hospital -services also available in Red Lake
  • air ambulance service available as needed
  • Child and Family Services worker provided through -Tikinagan Child and Family Services Office
  • O.P.P. Building


  • Water Plant - Main pipes for Duck Lake residents and deliverable water to households in Deer Lake Residents
  • Sewage Planet - Main pipes for Duck Lake residents and sewage trucks to households in Deer Lake Residents
  • Other waste - landfill site on reserve
  • Energy/electricity - Ontario Hydro / Mini-Hydel

Educational Facilities

  • Deer Lake School - K4 to Grade 9 (First Nation operated)
  • Students board in Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Red Lake, Ear Falls for Grade 10+
  • WAHSA Distance Education Program (secondary education from Sioux Lookout via Wawatay radio and Online)
  • KIHS (Keewaytinook Internet High School) Students who dropped out or stayed in community

Map of Deer Lake

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