The Horse Lake First Nation is headquartered near Hythe, Alberta. It is a party to Treaty 8 and is a member of the Western Cree Tribal Council. Despite being a member of the Western Cree Tribal Council, the Horse Lake Nation is linguistically and culturally a part of the Danezaa or Beavers.
The Nation was formerly known as the Horse Lake Beaver Band, but “Beaver” was dropped from the formal name some years ago. Consensus of the people was that they were all First Nations, they were Cree or Beaver, and felt it would be better to be known as Horse Lake First Nation. The band has two reserves, Clear Hills 152C and Horse Lake 152B with a total Land base of 3,099.1 hectares (31 km2).
They have sought ways to be sustainable for their residents by fostering an entrepreneurial spirit with their two Band owned entities; Horse Lake First Nations Oilfield Construction Corp. (H.O.C.C.) and Dash Energy Services Ltd. H.O.C.C. is a civil contractor with over 10 years of experience working in the resources industry throughout Western and Northern Canada. While Dash Energy Services Ltd has been servicing Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan since 1988. Dash provides services of tubular services including power tongs, both integral and conventional, computer torque monitoring and thread washing. They provide professional, competent service to the oil and gas industry.
This creative and entrepreneurial nature is what started the idea to support the next generation. In 2013, the Horse Lake Education Fund was created to support a student scholarship to a Peace Area resident with priority to aboriginal students from the Horse Lake First Nation. Successful recipients are asked to present to local high school students on the value of educational goals.
“We are all First Nations; it should not matter if you are Beaver, Blackfoot or Cree.
We are all First Nations and we all live here.”