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Waskesiu Community Council

Welcome to Waskesiu, where you can experience lake living at its most serene.

The Waskesiu Community Council is democratically elected to represent the views of the Waskesiu community to Parks Canada. We assist Prince Albert National Park in establishing practices for the operation of Waskesiu. 


Our Council operates under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding outlining responsibilities to you and to Parks Canada.

On behalf of the Waskesiu community, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Cree Peoples, signatories to Treaty 6, and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this special place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

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Mission Statement

It is intended that the Waskesiu Community Association, a body corporate acting through an elected council known as the Waskesiu Community Council, will be the recognized voice of the community


In that regard, membership in the Association shall be made available to every elector in the community either
at a nominal cost or as the constitution of the Association may determine. 


It is assumed that the Association will be generally supported by the community at large.

Council Members

Officers and Members

Chair:   Jim Kerby (Cottage Owners' Representative)
Vice Chair:  Rob Phillips (Cabin Owners' Representative)
Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Wood (Member at Large)

Bentley Crozier (Member at Large)
Jacqueline Archer (Permanent Residents Representative)

Linda Lavallee (Business Owners Representative)

Bob Cyr (Member at Large)

Council Administrator: Noreen Matthews


Contact us:

Waskesiu Community Council

Box 203, 

Waskesiu Lake SK 

S0J 2Y0

Or use our convenient online form.


​​Budget & Finance:

Chair - Jennifer Wood
Committee member: Jim Kerby

Business Relations:

Co-Chairs - Bentley Crozier & Linda Lavallee
Committee member: Jacqueline Archer

Community Planning & Development:

Chair - Rob Phillips
Committee members: Jim Kerby, Jennifer Wood & Bob Cyr

Communications & Community Relations:

Co-Chairs - Jim Kerby & Jacqueline Archer
Committee member: Bentley Crozier

Essential Services  - ​Fire & Policing: 

Chair: Rob Phillips 

Committee Member: Linda Lavallee & Bob Cyr

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Council History


In August, 1994, Parks Canada initiated an operational review of the communities within the National Park system. This review was undertaken in the context of significant budget cuts in Parks Canada and large federal deficits.

The Waskesiu community established a six-member committee, with six alternates, to negotiate the future administration of the townsite. Parks Canada appeared intent to devolve some of its management authority to the community level in return for increased financial participation by the community. The goal was to make the community self-sufficient financially. The Committee became known as the Waskesiu Interim Community Council.

The negotiations, which were slow and sometimes difficult, lasted for more than two years. The Committee took the position that it would not accept responsibility 
without authority to make decisions. Therefore, the task became one of finding ways to provide the community with meaningful input into decisions affecting the 
village without impinging on the authority of the Minister under the National Parks Act.

The final product, agreed upon in 1997, but not signed until 2002, was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that, for all intents and purposes was implemented upon agreement. The first Council elections were held in August, 1997.

The MOU details the mandate of the Council, election procedures, a dispute resolution mechanism, funding mechanisms, and the relationships of the Council to Parks Canada at all levels. The MOU essentially provides for a quasi-municipal structure with some major differences. In particular, the Council has no taxation or levying authority, thereby limiting its ability to undertake community projects. However, the Council is very much involved in setting budgets for utilities.

The MOU should be viewed as a Work in Progress to be amended and improved, as required to meet the needs of the community and the Park. The Council is increasingly recognized as the voice of the community.

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Council Documents

Documents pertaining to the Waskesiu Community Association and the Waskesiu Community Council are listed below.

The current year and previous two years of Council minutes are available here. If you require a copy of Minutes prior to that, please contact us.

All documents are provided as PDF files, which you may click to open, read, print or download.

Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Waskesiu Community Association

The Waskesiu Community Association Bylaws

Prince Albert National Park Cabin Development Guidelines - 2013

Parks Canada Agency - Prince Albert National Park Letter of Response to the Waskesiu Community Council regarding the question about cottage leaseholders connecting to deep water and sewer infrastructure in Waskesiu.

Local Government Agreement for the Park Community of Waskesiu

Quick reference for Waskesiu Community Council Waskesiu Townsite Capital Debt Repayment and Water, Sewer and Garbage Billing


Waskesiu 2028 & Beyond Action Plan Documents


Waskesiu Community Association Annual General Meetings Minutes

DRAFT 2023 Minutes - July 23
July 23, 2023  PCA Q & A Session

2022 Minutes - August 7

2021 Minutes - August 15
2020 Minutes - August 9

2019 Minutes - July 28
Waskesiu Community Council Meeting Minutes

2024 Meeting Minutes

January 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

April 19, 2024

2023 Meeting Minutes

February 3, 2023

March 24, 2023

April 28, 2023

​May 26, 2023 

June 23, 2023

September 1, 2023

October 16, 2023

December 1, 2023

2022 Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2022

March 25, 2022

May 6, 2022

June 13, 2022

July 15, 2022

September 2, 2022

October 24, 2022

December 2, 2022

2021 Meeting Minutes

February 12, 2021

March 22, 2021

April 30, 2021

June 18, 2021

September 27, 2021

November 5, 2021

December 3, 2021

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Website Sponsors

Thank you sponsors! ​

The core philosophy of membership in any organization is "benefits and benefactors."  The Waskesiu Community Council (WCC) is deeply indebted to companies who generously support the activities of WCC through our sponsorship program. 

By becoming a website sponsor you will be providing the WCC with additional resources for services to the community of Waskesiu while also helping to sustain WCC core services for the townsite. We ask every member and business to consider investing in both WCC and our townsite through the sponsorship program.

The Waskesiu Community Council gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:


Become a Sponsor

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To become a sponsor, please email the Waskesiu Community Council Administrator. 

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