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Big Trout Lake, Ontario

Located in northwestern Ontario, far from any white settlements and year round paved roads, is the Ojibway Treaty 9 Reservation city of Big Trout Lake. In the Ojibway dialect of the Anishinabe language, they would refer to this settlement as Chin'na-me Ga-mi-chi, which means Big Trout Lake of course. If they refer to trout as being big that is. If it's that lake, it's than pronounced as Ga-mi-chi Na-me which means Big Lake Trout. They do refer to this settlement as Kit-chay Na-may Koo-sib however. The citizens of Big Trout Lake are an isolated community who, to a certain extent, rely on fishing, hunting, and trapping for a livelihood. The population of their community is supposedly 916. Using google earth, i counted what appears to be around 260 housing units, but at a site online they claim the settlement has 270 housing units. Evidently the community has seven apartment buildings. The 270 housing units gives a 4.0 persons per housing unit average for Big Trout Lake, which is normal for Ojibway settlements. However, this settlement is located in an isolated region, which probably means the population is significantly higher. They have a large supply of natural resources around them to themselves, which means it allows for a continous population growth. Some of the citizens there, probably have cabins far from the settlement, which they use when fishing, hunting, and trapping. Even now they claim their ancestors did not cede their land to the whites. There are 4 communities located at Big Trout Lake. Below is a link to a picture of the largest of the four communities located at the Ojibway Treaty 9 Reservation lake known as Big Trout Lake.

Big Trout Lake

It is the largest of the four settlements located at Big Trout Lake. It is actually on an island within the lake. West Big Trout Lake is also located on the same island. The Ojibway's are known to place their villages on islands. Big Trout Lake may have up to 150 or more housing units. The population is probably between 600 and 800.

Big Trout Lake From Above

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