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Chippewas of Rama First Nation


This band of Ojibway's live along Lake Couchichings east shores. Below are google earth photos of this Ojibway community and a map of their Reserve. 2016's census reported that Chippewas of Rama First Nation on-Reserve population is 878. They have 381 dwellings with 352 lived in. Average household size is 2.5 persons per household. Ojibway Language is no longer spoken. Chippewas of Rama First Nation history is not well known by Ojibway People. After War of 1812, land was ceded. In 1830, Coldwater Reserve was set aside for chief Little Shell (Aisance or es-ses), chief Yellowhead, chief Snake and chief Potaganesees who was from Drummond Island which is over 200 miles northwest of Lake Simcoe. They estimated this Coldwater Reserve was 9,800 acres. However, since four Ojibway chiefs (they represent four Reserves) were involved, it's size is significantly larger. Anywhere from 40,000 acres to 250,000 acres. Ojibway leaders considered 1 mile or 640 acres, to be 1 league or 3 three miles. Each Ojibway chief was set aside 9,800 acres or 29,400 acres. Coldwater Reserve extended from Matchedash Bay, to a location east of Atherley. This Ojibway Reserve really covers an area of land and water, about 250 sq. mi. to 300 sq. mi. It includes not only Chippewas of Rama yet also Christian Island, Georgina Island and Wahta Mohawk Reserves. Remember, four Ojibway chiefs were involved. Of course, English leaders had no intentions on honoring treaty agreements. That's were we come in. We only recognize 1830's Coldwater Reserve.



Map of Chippewas of Rama Coldwater Reserve

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