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.
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.
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.
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
Waskesiu Community Council
Waskesiu Lake SK
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Budget & Finance:
Chair - Jennifer Wood
Committee member: Jim Kerby
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
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.
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
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
Waskesiu Community Association Annual General Meetings Minutes
DRAFT 2022 Minutes - August 7
2019 Minutes - July 28
Waskesiu Community Council Meeting Minutes
2022 Meeting Minutes
July 15, 2022
2021 Meeting Minutes
2020 Meeting Minutes
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