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Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb Cree Nation a community of 1464 (Statistics Canada, 2001 Census) is a remote northern community located 210 kilometers north of the Town of The Pas and 819 northwest of the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb Cree Nation is connected by gravel road to both the train station and the airport and for a period of appropriately three months a year enjoys a winter road.

The Mathias Colomb Cree Nation was formed in 1910 as a group of natives separated from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation of Saskatchewan. Originally the Mathias Colomb band settles along the Churchill River at Highrock Lake in the Prayer River area. A fire destroyed the Prayer River community in the late 1960’s and the band was forced to relocate to the Pukatawagan reserve.

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