Big Trout Lake First Nation


This band of Ojibway Indians live in northwestern Ontario. They are from Kitagakons Sippi (Kit-a-ga-kos or Fawn) Sippi (River) which is a tributory of Severn River, Ojibway's as are Wapekeka Ojibway's. There are isloated communities located along Big Trout Lakes northern shores. Big Trout Lake or in Ojibway Chi Na-me-goss'o Ga-mi or 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 an on-Reserve population of 1,024 according to 2016's census. They have 326 dwellings with 306 lived in. Average household size is 3.3 persons per household. Around 455 speak Ojibway Language at Big Trout Lake First Nation. Gami means lake in Ojibway. Zagaigan means Reservoir. Since Reservoirs are made by humans, Ojibway words for animate tend to end with "i-gan." Ojibway Soldiers were sent to this location to reinforce Ojibway People already living there in mid or late 17th century, to fight English and Eskimo invaders. Today, people living at Big Trout Lake First Nation have much Eskimo blood, as a result of capturing many of them and absorbing them into their population.



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