Lac La Ronge Indian Band
A huge multi-plex has been expanded at Far Reserve in La Ronge, one of the largest First Nations in the province. The complex is dedicated to the late Jonas Roberts, a longtime Councillor who passed on before his vision of a community arena was accomplished. The arena, the second phase of the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre was in part accomplished with allocations from the First Nations Trust.
Following a grand opening, which was attended by the Chief and her Council, many members and hockey greats such as Ted Nolan and Fred Sasakamoose, the ice area opened its doors in February 2006. The inaugural game in the new wing of the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre (JRMCC) between the La Ronge Ice Wolves and the Nipawin Hawks, pulled in a large crowd, and set the pace for the complex. Located near the Senator Myles Venne School, it's always busy with activities including hosting the Cree Language Festival, the Northern Talent Show, community dinners, workshops, and an occasional rental for consultation meetings and dances brings in a bit of revenue. Recently, the JRMCC served as the operations centre during forest fires in the north when band staff, volunteers and Councillors registered and assisted over 2000 evacuees from surrounding communities.