Big River First Nation of Saskatchewan

These Saulteaux Ojibway People are going down a wrong road. They are from Pelican Lake Ojibway's, as are Ahtahkakoop, Mistawasis and Muskeg Lake. They are signatories to Treaty 6. These Saulteaux Ojibway's from Big River, shared Big River Reserve with Pelican Lake and Witchekan Lake Saulteaux Ojibways, back before Canada forced them to accept new leaders who identified as Cree. In 1902, these Saulteaux Ojibway's were led by chief Kenemotayoo. Something transpired after chief Kenemotayoo was replaced, died or a new leader took over. Ojibway People had their own leaders. Whites selected leaders among Ojibway People that did what they wanted. That's probably what caused them to go their own ways. Their on-Reserve population is 1,553 according to 2016's census. They have 407 dwellings with 366 lived in. Average household size is 4.2 persons per household. Around 495 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Language. They are within Big Bears Reserve. They think they are Cree. Cree People are too cowardly to follow prophecy. In 1876, chief Big Bear along with chief Rocky Boy and chief Sitting Bull, fled their native Montana for Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Canadian negotiators were sent to Fort Carlton to negotiate a treaty with chief Big Bear about a Reserve. That treaty is Treaty 6. Chief Big Bear was in fear of being executed for his part in 1876's War in Montana. He signed Treaty 6 in either 1876 or 1877 and agree to lead 1,000's of his Montana Ojibway's 100's of miles north to near Fort Pitt. He possibly did that in 1877. He told Canadian negotiators he had to return to his people at Cypress Hills and would bring them north to sign treaty. His Ojibway subjects found many locations to settle at. One is Big River First Nation which is within Big Bear Reserve. He did not cede his Reservation. They have no proof he ceded Reservation. They only go so far as writing that chief Big Bear wanted a large Reserve which included many districts. Big River First Nation is one of many locations chief Big Bear's Montana Ojibway's settled at. His Reservation extended from east of Big River, to a location west of Saddle Lake Reserve in Alberta. Chief Big Bears Reservation is north of North Saskatchewan River or as they agreed to, North Saskatchewan River was his Reservations southern boundary. We have been told by prophecy to find evidence along a trail. That's what we are doing.

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