Maskwacis, Alberta (Ermineskin First Nation)


This community is located within Ermineskin District of Montana Reserve which is located in central Alberta. It is not to be confused with that part of Maskwacis located within Samson District. It's about a half a mile to it's south. Below are google earth photos of this town. Look for a red line. Below that line, is that part of Maskwacis in Samson Reserve. Both communities are considered to be one community however. It is very difficult to determine what this towns population is because Canada does not provide accurite demographics for Ojibway Reserve towns populations. Only Reserves. So when they detail this towns population, they always tell you it's about 10,000. That's incorrect however. There's only around 8,000 people living throughout all districts of this Reserve. Using google earth, i counted over 160 housing units in this portion of Maskwacis. During 2016's census, they reported Ermineskin First Nation average household size to be 5.3 persons per household. If that's correct, than this portion of Maskwacis has a population over 800. Chief Rocky Boy's son or grandson Robert Smallboy, led over 100 Ojibway's off this Reserve in 1968, to get away from what was rampant then and is worse now. He was very much like his father or grandfather chief Rocky Boy. He would not tolerate disobedience and neither did his son or grandson Robert Smallboy. In 1959, Robert Smallboy became chief of Ermineskin. He held that position until 1969 or after he fled his Reserve.



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