Kihciwâskâhikan or “the great house,” is the Cree name this remote historical structure, which is only accessible via canoe or seaplane and features water levels much too shallow for ships. As a traditional home to York Factory First Nation, Shamattawa First Nation, Tataskwayak First Nation and Fox Lake Cree Nation, the area holds a rich Cree history.
The aquacourt at the Miette Hot Springs and road access were built in the 1930’s when visitor activity was on the rise. However, prior to this boom, the springs were used by Indigenous peoples as a source of healing and spirituality and the land was an abundant area for hunting and gathering food. Nations including the Stoney First Nation and Keeseekoowenin Ojibwa, were ousted from the area in the late 80’s.
Opened in 1995, the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge was built to implement a healing-first approach for incarcerated Aboriginal women based on traditional values and practices. Situated on Nekaneet First Nation, much of the teachings and ceremonies are Anishnabe and incorporated into the everyday lifestyle of the healing lodge.
Nestled in the historic community of Stanley Mission, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church stands as the oldest building in Saskatchewan and boasts a 1740s Gothic Revival style of architecture. Located north of the Churchill River, this wood-frame church attracts a healthy amount of tourism for not just its history but also the intricate work done by Cree craftsmen of the time.