Saddle Lake Broadband and Cellular Connectivity Upgrade and Resilience Plan Project

The Saddle Lake Cree Nation (SLCN; the Proponent) is proposing to construct various broadband and cellular conductivity upgrades to aid in dealing with broadband issues being experienced within the First Nation community.

The proposed project would include the following components:

  • Installing ~33 kilometres of new fiber optic network to connect the five core towers of fixed wireless network within the Nation;
  • Installing fiber optic lines to various community facilities including HRD, Public Works building, Youth Center, school, fire hall, public works office, housing office, building supplies office, lands office, Bison Auto shop, and traditional land use offices; and
  • Constructing a new cellular tower to provide seamless cellular signal coverage.

This Project will improve cellular connectivity and reduce internet congestion experienced by the network of community services and households. By improving communication and wireless access, the SLCN will have the ability to streamline processes with its internal and external service providers to better address the needs of education, addiction, homelessness, health, and the social wellbeing of the community. This Project supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions' Calls to Action for Indigenous people to participate in the determination of how they want to access and fill economic, social, and other roles within their community and the broader Canadian society.


Latest update

October 5, 2021 –  Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada issued their Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents


Infrastructure Canada
Mark Libby, Environmental Review and Approvals Officer
180 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 343-551-0406

  • Location

    • Saddle Lake (Alberta)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Saddle Lake Cree Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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