Little Black Bear First Nation Today
Today, community government consists of a Chief and four Headpersons, an advisory group of 17 Elder Family Representatives and a 15-member civil service. The community infrastructure includes a Band Office and a cultural area. The Little Black Bear‘s land base consists of 17,006 acres 30 miles north of Balcarres.
On April 9, 1996, the community signed a Specific Land Claims Settlement Agreement. This agreement provided the community with funds for land purchases. The community subsequently purchased 9,250 acres of agricultural land under the Agreement. This land is located in both Fort Qu’Appelle and Balcarres, and is used for economic development.
The community also purchased two acres of institutional land in Balcarres, and five acres of commercial land in Fort Qu’Appelle, at the junction of two major highways in the Qu’Appelle Valley south of the community.
The land in Balcarres is home to the Wakayos Administration Center, which houses a number of programs in addition to the Wakayos administrative offices. The land in Fort Qu’Appelle is located on a prime commercial development lot next to Highway 10. This provides an excellent opportunity for future development.
The community currently has 452 members. The population living in the community represents a very young demographic. The median age is 21, and 38 per cent of the population is 15 years old and younger.
Little Black Bear is one of four First Nations located north of Balcarres. The total population of the area — the potential trading area for local Band businesses — is 2,807.
File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council
Little Black Bear First Nation is a member of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is a political and service organization delivering programs and services to 10 First Nations in the Treaty Four Territory: