Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
Garden River, Ontario (Bawitig)
Located in Ontario, the Ojibway settlement of Garden River has a population of 1,107 according to the latest population estimate (2011). Below are several links to pictures of the Ojibway settlement of Garden River, Ontario or Bawitig. There are 437 total housing units in the settlement with 424 occupied at the present time. That gives Garden River or Bawitic a 2.8 persons per housing unit average. The Anishinabe language has nearly died out there. Only 35 people there speak Anishinabe and they are only familiar with the Ojibwa Language or don't know it entirely or only know a limited number of words. The Reserve is surrounded by numerous white settlements. There are 60 non Indians living there. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is less than a mile to the southwest. Adjacent to the south is Lake George which is a part of Lake Huron.
Before the white invasion, Ojibway People named this area Bawitig which means cascade, rapids and waterfall and also Bawiting. Correct Ojibway words to describe this location is possibly Bawitig-weya. It supposedly means the river is beaten into spray. However, the French supposedly named the Ojibway People who lived there "People of the Rapids." In French, it translates to Saulteaux. If Ojibway People also named themselves "People of the Rapids" it translates to Ba-wi-tigd. So instead of an ending "c" sound, it's really an ending "d & t" sound to notify the listener that it means a person or persons. In Ojibway, they usally use an ending "d" to notify the listener that it represents a person or persons. So it is really pronounced as Ba-wi-tigd which means "Person at the Falls" or "Persons at the Falls." In some Ojibway dialects, cascade, rapids and waterfall is pronounced Pawistic and in others Bawitig. In Montana, it's pronounced as Pa-wis-tic. It means "People at the Falls" or "Falls People." In Montana, they are known as the Gros Ventre. So it's correctly spelt Ba-wi-tic. However, to notify the listener it means a person or persons, a "d or t" is added on to Bawitic. So it's really written as "Ba-wi-tict." It means "People at the Falls." It don't represent the Ojibway People at Sault Ste. Marie. It represents the Ojibway People at what is now Great Falls, Montana. Great Falls of the Missouri.