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Day Star First Nation


It is one of two Ojibway/Cree communities located within Big Touchwood Hills Reserve. Below are google earth photos of these communities. These Ojibway People are native to this region of Saskatchewan. Day Star First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 148 according to 2016's census. They have 62 dwellings with 42 lived in. Average household size is 3.8 persons per household. Around 15 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language. Lewis and Clark called Cree Language Corrupted Ojibway Language. Both chief Day Star (Kii-si-caw-ah-chuck - Caw-wa Chic Cad - it means Extremely Big Leg) and chief Ka-wa Ca-toose (it means Extremely Little Leg), signed Treaty 4 on September 15, 1874. They are really one Reserve. Most think Kawacatoose means Poor Man. However, there is an Ojibway diminutive (toose) which either means Lean, Little, Short, Skinny, Small or Thin. In Ojibway, "I Am Extremely Lean" is pronounced "Nin (i) Ga-wa-ga-dos. Ka-wa-ca-tos means Extremely Little Leg in Ojibway. In Ojibway, "Kad" is their word for leg. Ka-dos is their word for Little Leg. Extremely Big Leg is pronounced Ga-wa Chig Gad. Not Kii-si-ca-wa-chak. Big Touchwood Hills includes Gordon and Kawacatoose, while Little Touchwood Hills includes Day Star and Muskowekewan. All four Reserves are one Reserve. Extremely Big Leg is their largest district, while Extremely Little Leg is their smallest district. On-Reserve population of Extremely Big Leg Reserve (Gordon and Kawacatoose) is 1,566. On-Reserve population of Extremely Little Leg Reserve (Day Star and Muskowekwan) is 584. Lestock, Punnichy and Quinton are actually within this Reserve. All three used to be or yet are, about half Ojibway. When including communities of Lestock, Punnichy, and Quinton, Tan Gad'n Ishkonigan (Touch Legs Reserve) population is near 2,700.



Touchwood Hills (Touch Legs) Reserve Map

Satellite Image of Day Star (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Day Star Road Closeup

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Muskowekwan Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

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Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Lestock Road Closeup

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Lestock Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Punnichy Road Closeup

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Quinton Road Closeup (Ga-wa Chig Gad)

Quinton Road Closeup

Quinton Road Closeup

Quinton Road Closeup

Quinton Road Closeup

Quinton Road Closeup

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