1899 until 1910, the entire population of Treaty Indians around the Lesser
Slave Lake area was listed initially on a single annuity pay list as members
of one single band,
Band Members were allowed to move between Reserves as they wished. This
situation persisted until 1929 when the Department of Indian Affairs sought
to reduce the confusion and administer the five (5) groups into their
own regions separately. This situation exists to this very day.
these five groups are named the Kapawe’no First Nation, Sucker Creek
First Nation, Driftpile First Nation, Sawridge Band, and Swan River First
The Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council (L.S.L.I.R.C.) was established
in 1971. Its purpose was to ‘take over’ governance over the
surrounding Reserves. On the historic date of August 13th, 1979, a ‘Master
Agreement’ was signed between member First Nations of the L.S.L.I.R.C.
and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
on April 1, 1980, the Lesser Slave Lake Indian regional Council (Regional
Council) claimed sovereignty over the administration and delivery of certain
programs and services, thereby creating their own management regime.