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Île-à-la-Crosse
Sakitawak (Cree name)
—  village  —
Île-à-la-Crosse is located in Saskatchewan
Île-à-la-Crosse
Coordinates: 55°27′N 107°53′W / 55.45°N 107.883°W / 55.45; -107.883
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
Region NorthwestSaskatchewan
Census division
Rural Municipality
Established 1779
Incorporated (Village) 1846
Government
 - Type municipal
 - Mayor
 - Administrator
 - Governing body
Time zone CST
 - Summer (DST) CST (UTC)
Postal code S0M 1C0
Area code(s) 306
Highways
Churchill River
Website http://www.sakitawak.ca/info.php
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Île-à-la-Crosse is the second oldest community in Saskatchewan, Canada, being established in 1846 as a Roman Catholic mission by Alexandre-Antonin Taché, but as a fur trading post in 1779 by the Hudson's Bay Company. It has a rich history being connected to the Churchill River, Beaver River and Canoe River systems. Therefore, almost every explorer in western Canada has been through Île-à-la-Crosse. The Cree name for Île-à-la-Crosse is Sakittawak which means "the place where the river flows out". The sister of Louis Riel, Marguerite Marie Riel, is buried in this area. The population of this northern village is about 1600, which consists of Metis, French, Scottish, Scandinavian and Cree settlers.[6]

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