Senator Luke James Nanaquetung is the eldest child of the late Jack and Stella Nanaquetung. He was born on Fishing Lake First Nation on October 7, 1936. His primary educational years of grades 1 through 8 were spent at Muskowekwan Residential School, Saskatchewan. In 1964, the young 28 year old man was first elected Councillor for Fishing Lake Band with his father in law Andrew Paquachan. Around the mid 1970’s he worked a very short time with Indian Affairs as a social/welfare administrator. In 1976 he served another term as Councillor. This was followed by Councillor elected consecutive terms from 1982 to 2000. Luke served as elected Councillor under Chiefs; Joe Young, Mathew Smoke, George Kayseas, Michael Desjarlais, and Allan Paquachan. The elected Councillor was finally sworn in as Senator for The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in 1999. Aside from serving Indian people throughout Canada, Luke was also heavy duty operator (Grader),and carpenter for Fishing Lake band. The Senator is well known for being an avid sportsman in hockey, curling, fastball among other sports, and his violin. Today and still, Luke continues to be an empathetic elder filled with humor and exuberance!
The Elders of Fishing Lake are the knowledge keepers of what use to be and what is lost from a culture that was once rich in traditional values. All was once lost through residential school system, alcoholism and abuse. The elders have ensured despite of all the negative impacts on our Nahkawiniwak living that they will ensure that our culture is not lost by Oral testimony in hopes of them passing it on to future generations. Fishing Lake Elders took on the responsibility along with Chief & council to keep our Nahkawiniwak culture alive by having important events to educate the community. Fishing Lake has 36 Elders in the community as of 2015