Opaskwayak, Opaskwayak First Nation
Located in northern Manitoba, about 336 miles from the United States border, and a few miles from Saskatchewan, is the Chippewa settlement of The Pas. The settlement is a combination Indian-white settlement according to the whites, but since the Reserve is situated next to The Pas and The Pas is about 40% Indian, i tend to consider the two settlements the same. The population of The Pas is 5,800 with Indians making up 2,520 of the city's population, while the whites make up 3,280 of the city's population. Around 630 people in The Pas speak Anishinabe. There are 2,205 housing units in the city, which gives The Pas around a 2.7 persons per housing unit average, which is below normal for Chippewa settlements. In the settlements of Opaskwayak, the population is 2,546. There are 640 total housing units in the settlements, which gives O-pas-kway-yak a 4.0 persons per housing unit average, which is about normal for Chippewa settlements. Only around 640 continue to speak Anishinabe. In all, 1,270 still speak Anishinabe, or slightly over one fifth of the population. The total population of the entire settlement is 8,346. It is the largest of all predominantly Chippewa cities. Below are several links to pictures of the beautiful Chippewa settlement of Opaskwayak. None are from The Pas.