The Moose Lake Reserves are culturally significant to the Fort McKay First Nation community, for traditional land-use practices and enjoyment.
With the increased access to the Moose Lake area, Fort McKay community members noticed an increase in environmental impacts, accidents, land disturbance, vandalism, and illegal activity from individuals accessing the area. Fort McKay First Nation leadership requested a community program be developed to protect the area, complete with park rangers and infrastructure to support the program’s mandate.
Cabins were established at Moose Lake and Namur Lake to support extended wilderness patrols of the Moose Lake Reserve lands.
Patrol routes were established to observe and protect Fort McKay First Nation’s valuable resources and interests in the area.
These routes support unhindered travel from the area known as Moose Lake to the Southern end of the Reserve located at Namur Lake (Buffalo Lake).
The Park Ranger program helps protect the Moose Lake Reserves and supports Fort McKay First Nation members who practice their Treaty Rights on those lands. Park Rangers help by:
Joe Grandjambe and Andrew Bouchier became the first Park Rangers in 2016. These established Fort McKay community members brought their experience and knowledge of the Fort McKay Reserve Lands and its traditional uses to their new roles. In 2019/2020 Junior Poulin joined the team. Nick Laurent, Hayden Wilson, and James McIsaac are the newest Park Rangers to join the team. Gerald Gladue has also recently joined as the Moose Lake Attendant. The Park Rangers work in teams of 2 to support the program through their weekly shifts, which allows for a consistent presence on the land.
Park Rangers are guided by Fort McKay First Nation traditions and practices, Fort McKay First Nation policies and procedures, and provincial and national safety standards.
WHMIS, wilderness and remote first aid, snowmobile operations, trailer operations, ATV operations, Canadian firearms safety, trapping, transportation of dangerous goods, wildlife awareness, Bylaw Officer, and Peace Officer are just some of the training areas that help prepare the Park Rangers for duty and help keep them safe on the land.
Park Ranger Lead
Responsible for coordinating Park Ranger duties and daily activities.
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