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(January 2019)

Big Trout Lake First Nation

This band of Ojibway Indians live in northwestern Ontario. They are isloated communities located along Big Trout Lakes northern shores. Big Trout Lake or in Ojibway Ga-mi Chi Na-me-goss, is an Ojibway Kasba Reservation community or communities. Most Ojibway's live on an island within Big Trout Lake that is connected to mainland Ontario by a road. However, these communities are very isolated. Two of their communities are located along Big Trout Lakes north shores. Four others are located on an unnamed island. Big Trout Lake First Nation has a population of 1,024 according to 2016's census. Those Ojibway People who live there pronounce their community as "Kit-chi Nuhmaykoosib Aaki," which don't make sense.

Great in Ojibway is Kit-chi. Big in Ojibway is "Chi." Trout in Ojibway is "Na-me-goss." Lake in Ojibway is "Ga-mi." It's not "Za-ga-i-gan." In Ojibway "Za-ga-i-gan" means Reservoir. Anything made by humans in Ojibway ends with "gan" or an "n." It's common for Ojibway People to put vowels first. It sounds better using "Ga-mi Chi Na-me-goss." Translated, it means Lake Big Trout. Using "Kit-chi Nuhmaykoosib Aaki" would not have been acceptable to Ojibway People 150 years ago. Nearly half Big Trout Lakes population speaks Ojibway. Including Cree which is a dialect of Ojibway, 485 people speak some degree of Ojibway there. At least 30 speak Cree dialect of Ojibway which most 19th century Ojibway People considered inferior.

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