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Cowessess First Nation


It is one of four Ojibway communities located around Crooked Lakes. Below are google earth photos of Cowessess which is capital of Crooked Lakes Reserve and Kahkewistahaw. Cowessess First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 540 according to a 2016 census. They have 214 dwellings with 190 lived in. Average household size is 2.8 persons per household. Around 15 speak corrupted Ojibway which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Language. Ojibway Language has nearly died out there. Besides a Saulteaux Ojibway Cowessess District, there are four others that make up Crooked Lakes Reserve. They are Chacachas, Kahkewistahaw, Ochapowace and Sakimay. Total size of Crooked Lakes Reserve is 73,555 hectares or 735.5 sq. km. or 181,758 acres or 284.0 sq. mi. However, that is their original Reserves. Land added on brings it's size to 92,473.6 hectares or 924.7 sq. km. or 228,507 acres or 357.05 sq. mi. Cowessess is their largest District. It covers 37,865.8 hectares or 93,566 acres. Saulteaux Ojibway ogima (chief) Cowessess signed Treaty 4 on September 15, 1874 on behalf of his Saulteaux Ojibway subjects. Their history has links to a Chippeway Exodus out of Montana, during 1876-1877. They settled around Cypress Hills region of Alberta and Saskatchewan. White leaders coerced many to relocate to Crooked Lakes, where they merged with Ojibway People known as Ochapowace and Sakimay, who are both native to southeastern Saskatchewan.



Map of Crooked Lakes Reserve

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