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This Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement is located along the western shores of James Bay. It was largely settled by the Odawah or Ottawa's who were the merchant totem of the Anishinabe Nation. Before the 1950s, they were a part of the Fort Albany community. Either some of the citizens of the Fort Albany community agreed to relocate about 5 miles to the north where Kashechewan is now, as a result of frequent flooding which continues now, or some other reason led to the establishment of Kashechewan. There is talk now of relocating Kashechewan to avoid the frequent flooding. The latest population estimate for Kashechewan is 1,700. The community has over 300 housing units with many having multiple familes sharing the same housing unit. It is probably common for one house to house as many as 10 to 20 people. So the population of Kashechewan is probably over 2,000. Kashechewan is still affiliated with Albany 67. Kashechewan is connected by winter roads to Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Moosonee, and Moose Factory. Moosonee is connected to the Ontario Northland Railway which means all four communities have had much more frequent contact with the whites. Moosonee is 135 miles from Attawapiskat which is the most northerly of the communities. Though the citizens of these large communities along the western shores of James Bay, are largely descended from the military and police (Chippewa's) and merchants (Odawah's or Ottawa's) totems of the Anishinabe Nation, there has been enough frequent contact with the whites that they have lost their Anishinabe Nationality. Below is a link to a picture of the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement of Kashechewan.

Forced Relocation

In 1980, a suspicious event changed the lives of the Fort Severn and Chisasibi Anishinabek. They were forced to relocate. The Chisasibi from an island they claim was named Fort George. The island is actually situated in what appears to be a delta. It does look like an island but only so far as the river which separates it from the mainland. The distance between the island and the mainland is a fifth of a mile or about 1,000 feet. In James Bay are several large islands. And we know the Anishinabe people were infatuated with islands. The largest is Akimiski Island. It's width at it's widest point is 27 miles. It's length at it's greatest length is 61 miles. It covers 3,001 sq. km. or 1,158 sq. mi. And it is a turtle shaped island. Since historical evidence tell of a forced relocation from an island, all of the James Bay communities are involved. If the relocation did not involve any islands, the forced relocation probably involved the Chipewyan or Chippewan, of the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut. That commenced in either the 1940s or 1950s. The following communities are likely related to the forced relocations which probably commenced in the 1940s and continued up to the 1980s:



Chapleau 74A

Chapleau 75


Eastmain or Kachimumiskwanuch

Fort Albany

Fort Severn




Moose Factory

New Brunswick House


Taykwa Tagamou





York Landing

Though the whites have been up front about the forced relocations which include the forced relocation of the Chipewyan or Chippewan, from the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Nunavut, the forced relocation from an island in James Bay is the one being carefully ignored. And the forced relocation of the York Factory Anishinabek to York Landing is definitely related. That commenced in 1957 or near the same time as the forced relocation of the Chippewan from the interior of the north of Manitoba and interior Nunavut, to the coastal sellements along Hudson Bay. So the actual time the forced relocations from Akimiski Island commenced, was either 1957 or shortly before. Below is a google earth photo of the turtle shaped island of Akimiski.

Photo of Kashechewan

Photo of Akimiski Island

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