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This Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement is located in extreme northern Ontario. It is 20 miles southwest of Hudson Bay and Winisk. In 1985, flooding where Winisk is located which is nearly adjacent to Hudson Bay, forced the residents of Winisk to relocate further to the southwest. However, a few people still live at Winisk. According to the 2011 census, the population of Weenusk is 272. The number of housing units is probably near 140. The average household size is 4.4 persons per housing unit. Weenusk is an isolated community which depends on planes and possibly a winter road for food and other supplies to be brought in. Since Weenusk is an isolated community the population is probably closer to 1,000 or over 1,000. It is common for isolated Ojibwa communities to have several families living in one home. Around 135 continue to speak Anishinabe at Weenusk. They are probably related to the forced relocations which commenced in the 1940s and continued on into the 1980s, of the Ojibway's who lived in the interior of the north of Manitoba and the interior of Numavut and Akimiski Island. Below is a picture of the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement of Weenusk which is also known as Peawanuck.
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:
Eastmain or Kachimumiskwanuch
New Brunswick House
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 Weenusk