The community of Southend is located 222 kms northeast of La Ronge SK and is situated on the south shore of Reindeer Lake. Access to the community of Southend is possible by the gravel Secondary Highway No.102. Southend community residents access additional amenities from the town of La Ronge or travel an additional 238 kms, south of La Ronge (Provincial Highway No. 2), to Prince Albert for shopping, medical care and entertainment. The community is accessible, only by gravel Secondary Highway No. 102. The community is designated as a type II semi-isolated.
The community has a Primary Care (Arthur Morin Memorial Health Centre) for their medical needs, Child and Family Services, one nursery to grade 12 school, a youth center, Band office, daycare and also has a RCMP Detachment of five officers, a Ministry of the Environment Office with three Conservation Officers and a seasonal fire crew. The community of Southend also offers community resident’s basic services such as 2 confectionary/gas bars (1 privately owned and 1 partially operated by the band), a Northern store, a restaurant, radio station and two churches.
The main employer for the community is the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation through the delivery of its community programs and community based operations. These programs include PBCN Health Services, Band Office, Band Education, Child & Family Services, Band Store and gas stations, community services and housing maintenance. Bird’s Nest Contracting is a private business for mine and line cutting which provides work opportunities for community members.