Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

West Big Trout Lake

Located in northwestern Ontario, far from any white settlements and year round paved roads, is the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation city of Big Trout Lake. In the Chippewa dialect of the Anishinabe language, they would refer to this settlement as Kit-chay Na-may Za-ga-i-gan, which means Big Trout Lake of course. They do refer to this settlement as the Kit-chay Na-may Koo-sib however. The citizens of Kit-chay Na-may Za-ga-i-gan, are an isolated community who, to a certain extent, rely on fishing, hunting, and trapping for a livelihood. The population of their community is supposedly 916. Using google earth, i counted what appears to be around 260 housing units, but at a site online they claim the settlement has 270 housing units. Evidently the community has seven apartment buildings. The 270 housing units gives a 4.0 persons per housing unit average for Big Trout Lake, which is normal for Chippewa settlements. However, this settlement is located in an isolated region, which probably means the population is significantly higher. They have a large supply of natural resources around them to themselves, which means it allows for a continous population growth. Some of the citizens there, probably have cabins far from the settlement, which they use when fishing, hunting, and trapping. Even now they claim their ancestors did not cede their land to the whites. There are 4 communities located at Kit-chay Na-may Za-ga-i-gan. Below is a link to a picture of the other community located on the island. That is the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation community known as West Big Trout Lake, or Nin-ga-bi-yun Git-chay Na-may Za-ga-i-gan. It is about 1 mile from the main part of Big Trout Lake.

West Big Trout Lake

It is the smallest of the four settlements located at Big Trout Lake. West Big Trout Lake has between 25 and 30 housing units and a population of probably 100 or more people. It is also located on the same island as the largest of the settlements located at Big Trout Lake.

West Big Trout Lake From Above

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