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Aamjiwnaang First Nation


This band of Ojibway Indians live in extreme southern Ontario. Aamjiwnaang (supposedly pronounced as Am-jin-nun) means "at the spawning stream in Ojibway." In Ojibway Language, their word or words, for "spawn" are "wak and ami." Now we know it's incorrect. Try "Waakwin Sippi" for "spawning stream." When using a locative it's "Waak-win Sip-pi-ig." If you use "ami" it's "A-mi-win Sip-pi" for "spawning stream." When using a locative it's "A-mi-win Sip-pi-ig." Correct name (that's if not using a locative) for this Ojibway community is Spawning River or in Ojibway A-mi-win Sip-pi or Sip-pi A-mi-win. Ojibway People placed vowels first. So "River Spawning" is actually proper. Their on-Reserve population according to 2016's census, is 639. They have 274 total housing units with 255 lived in year round. Average household size is 2.5 persons per household. They are Swan Creek and Black River Chippewa's or Saginaw's. They may have originally lived in Kansas or Oklahoma. According to 1832's Edinburgh Encyclopedia, a large group of Lenni Lenape (they are really Ojibway) came up from some southwestern location and reached North America's Atlantic Coastline. Another large group of Ojibway's, forced their way directly east from a western location (probably Alberta and Montana region) and reached St. Lawrence River Valley and settled there. That happened during mid 16th century. Determining which group settled in Ohio, Michigan and southern Ontario is difficult. However, they are Saginaw or Swan Creek and Black River Chippewa's. They are not Mississauga.



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