Brochet & Barren Lands

Brochet is a remote area in Northern Manitoba, and is only accessible by plane, or boat in the summer season. During the winter season, the road is open January-March. The Barren Lands Band offers a variety of complex programs, construction site and fuel site. The community offers a northern store, local nursing station, municipal building and school. Local businesses include a convenience store and pool hall.​​

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​The Barren Lands First Nation inhabits the Brochet Reserve No. 197, situated on the northern shore of Reindeer Lake. The community is 928 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 19 kilometres east of the Saskatchewan border. The First Nation is signatory to Treaty 10 signed in 1906.

Part of the Barren Lands First Nation separated to become the Northlands First Nation which relocated to Lac Brochet, 70 kilometres north of Brochet I. R. No. 197.


The native languages spoken are Cree and Dene.


According to the Statistics Canada 2011 Census, Brochet has an on-reserve population of 547, and an off-reserve population of 5, bringing the total population to 552.

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