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Batchewana First Nation


This band of Ojibway's live in northern Ontario. Below are google earth photos of this Ojibway Town. On-Reserve population of Batchewana First Nation is, according to a 2018 census estimate, 792. However, that's unreliable and just an estimate. Batchewana has three distinct communities. They are Goulais, Obadjiwan and Rankin Location or just Rankin. It is Rankin that's their most populated community. It's adjacent to Sault Ste. Marie and has to be relocated. Goulais is next then Obadjiwan. They are signatories to 1850's Robinson-Huron Treaty. Chief Nebenaigoching (that wasn't his real name - Nebenaigoching represents a locative in Ojibway) signed for Batchewana. These Ojibway's were set aside a tract of land extending from Wanabekineyunnung west of Gros Cap, to boundary of lands ceded by chiefs of Lake Superior and inland ten miles throughout it's whole distance, icluding Batchewanaung Bay.



We have to extend this Reserve to Michipicoten Reserve or Gros Cap Reserve, which is located almost adjacent to Wawa, Ontario. Not just because of Gros Cap yet of an important location to Batchewana Ojibway's, which is Gargantua Harbour, where an Ojibway town named Win-di-go, was located. Even in 2007, Ojibway leaders were yet claiming Windigo as theirs.



Mica Bay Rebellion of 1849


This incident led to 1850's Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior Treaties. In 1849, white mining companies established mines at Mica Bay which was quickly learned of by Ojibway leaders. They sent many Ojibway Soldiers to those mines to destroy them. In response, England sent over 100 soldiers to put this rebellion down. It led to 1850's Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior Treaties. Ojibway Soldiers were led by chief Shing-wa-cos (Garden River) and chief Ne-be-nai-goch of Batchewana. White Soldiers had repeating rifles and revolvers yet Ojibway Soldiers stood their ground. Michipicoten (Gros Cap), Mississaga and Thessalon were also involved. A Treaty agreement was reached in 1850, to set aside a large Ojibway Reservation along Lake Superiors eastern shores and Lake Huron's northern shores. Whites deliberately wrote that their Reserve was so many miles this way and that way. However, Ojibway leaders considered 1 mile to be 1 league or 3 miles. This Ojibway Reserve is very large and yet exists. We don't recognize 1859's Pennyfather Treaty. It's fraudulent.



Map of Batchewana Reserve

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