Stanley Mission First Nation (Lac La Ronge Indian Band)
La Ronge First Nation community of Stanley Mission - is one of six communities that make up Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Treaty 6. Stanley Mission determined they would use a large portion of the allocated FNT funds towards an arena, its management and its maintenance.
Having a combination arena and hall has brought an incredible change to the community. Former players from Stanley Mission have moved up the ranks in hockey, into AAA and beyond, like Joseph Cook who went all the way to the Saskatoon Blades - but, not often. Now whether in broomball or hockey, kids who would otherwise be unable to participate in organized leagues can play and develop skills while a home crowd enjoys the view from the bleachers. For those parents who made the long drive to all the practises and games in La Ronge having a rink at home is a blessing. And for those kids who dreamed of making it to the Aboriginal Championships, the dream is no longer so distant either.
The new Stanley Mission centre provides a much needed gathering place for events, feasts and memorials. It has made a significant difference to young and old and in all seasons. Arena uses will include summer programming for youth and the occasional hall rental opportunity can bring in spin-off benefits such as having shelves emptied from both the concession area and the confectionary. That was the situation when Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) came in for meetings.