Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation is advising all Citizens–especially young children–and ATV or snowmobile operators to be aware of extremely unsafe ice conditions.

Parents are reminded that supervision of young children is critical and they should be within arms reach when around lakes, streams and ponds.

Be Ice Smart:

  • Stay close to children when near ice.
  • Always check ice thickness before venturing out. The thickness and stability of ice is not always easy to see.
  • Keep away from unfamiliar paths or unknown ice.
  • Avoid travelling near ice at night.
  • Snow covered patches may not be frozen underneath.
  • If you must venture onto the ice, wear a thermal protection buoyant suit to increase your chances of survival if you fall.

If you or someone you know is planning a snowmobile or ATV trip, please:

  • „ Never travel alone, travel with someone else or a group
  • Tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return
  • Ensure you always carry these along with your other supplies:
    • snowshoes
    • shovel
    • spare snowmobile belt
    • extra gas and oil
    • plugs
    • food
    • extra set of dry clothing, footwear, etc.

Recommended Minimum Ice Thickness for New Clear Hard Ice:

  • 3″ (8 cm) or less – STAY OFF!
  • 4″ (10 cm) – Ice Fishing, Walking, Cross Country Skiing
  • 5″ (13 cm) – Snowmobile and ATV Travel
  • 8″ – 12″ (20-30 cm) – Small Car or Small SUV Travel
  • 12″ – 15″ (30-38 cm) – Medium Truck (F-150, Silverado, etc.) Travel

If you have any questions regarding unsafe ice conditions please contact Wayne Spence at 204-679-3704 for the most current information.

Recommended Minimum Ice Thickness