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Hickson - Maribelli Lakes Pictographs Protected Area

Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, Saskatchewan, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1986/05/26

View of ochre-coloured pictographs on rock face, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Erin Ermel, 2004.
View of channel and an exposed rock face where some of the pictographs are located, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Erin Ermel, 2004.
The Local Environment
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Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2010/03/22

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Hickson - Maribelli Lakes Pictographs Protected Area encompasses 30 hectares of land and water at Smith Narrows between Hickson and Maribelli Lakes in northern Saskatchewan. The property features over 100 precontact rock paintings on the cliff faces that border the narrows.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Hickson-Maribelli Lakes Pictographs Protected Area lies in its status as the largest collection of pictographs in Saskatchewan and one of the largest in the Canadian Shield. The pictographs are important examples of a rock art tradition that extends throughout the Shield from Quebec to the Northwest Territories. The vibrant red ochre figures of humans, animals, artifacts and geometric shapes express a First Nations cosmology in which the natural world is permeated with spirit powers, and humans have a sacred relationship with the environment. Ethnohistoric evidence suggests that the painted figures might represent spirit beings sought through vision quests or shamanistic rituals. It is believed that ancestral Cree authored the paintings, likely between AD 800 and 1700. An absence of representations of European goods suggests that the pictographs are precontact in age.

First Nations today value the pictographs as an important cultural legacy bequeathed by their ancestors. The pictographs are valued as sacred places where people can reestablish connections with the spirit world and their cultural heritage.


Province of Saskatchewan, The Parks Act, May 26, 1986.

Éléments caractéristiques

The heritage value of the Hickson - Maribelli Lakes Pictographs Protected Area resides in the following character defining elements:
-elements that reflect precontact use of the property, including all known and any undiscovered rock paintings and any associated artifacts or archaeological features, as well as the spatial relationships and environmental context of the cultural remains;
-the property’s natural elements including the waterway, shoreline, and rock faces;
-contemporary First Nations use of the property for traditional spiritual and ceremonial purposes.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Gouvernement de la Saskatchewan

Loi habilitante

Parks Act, art. 5

Type de reconnaissance

Aire protégée

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Un territoire à peupler
Les premiers habitants du Canada

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Religion, rituel et funéraille
Lieu sacré autochtone


Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Conservation Branch, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 5W6

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.

GR 2318



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