The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation is a vibrant and thriving First Nation. We’re focused on providing education and opportunities that can help assure a positive tomorrow for our youth, our families and our Elders.
The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation has a total population of over 4,600 living in Nelson House, Thompson, Brandon, South Indian Lake and Winnipeg. More than 60 percent of our people are between 13 and 30 years of age.
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Click for 2011 Canadian Census data on Nelson House.
Click for 2006 Canadian Census data on Nelson House.
NOTE: The above census data only relates to our Citizens who live in our home community of Nelson House. Others are counted in the communities where they live.
Where Three Rivers Meet
The largest community, business and government centre is located at Nelson House on the north shore of Footprint Lake at the convergence of the Burntwood, Footprint and Rat Rivers. The Cree name Nisichawayasihk means, "Where three rivers meet". Smaller areas of development occur at Dog Point, R.C. Mission Point and the New Area.
Our native language is Cree, the most widely spoken Aboriginal language across Canada. Our Cree language has its own unique regional dialect and we are working to preserve this language – by encouraging our youth to use it in our homes and schools – and with other initiatives such as compilation of a dictionary for our dialect. English is also widely spoken by our Members.