Hatchet Lake is a remote lake in north-eastern Saskatchewan, Canada north of Wollaston Lake. Combined, Wollaston and HLFN share a population of about 1,750. The hamlet of Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake First Nation (HLFN) are situated in the Athabasca Basin region on the southeastern shore of Wollaston Lake, the largest bifurcation lake in the world, draining naturally in two directions. The lake is known in Dene as “Axe” Lake, and the community is called “The Post” to outlying dwellers of the lake.
Access to the hamlet is by ice road in the winter and by barge during the open water season. Year round access is provided by two airline companies that operate scheduled flights to and from the surrounding communities and southern Saskatchewan
Hatchet Lake band members are part of a large diverse Aboriginal group, the Denesuline. As recently as the early 1940’s, people lived as a hunting gathering society. Today, the seasonal hunting patterns of the caribou are still followed by many.