Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana






Deer Lake First Nation


This Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement is located in northwestern Ontario. Leaders from Deer Lake did not sign Treaty 9 but did sign Treaty 5. However, their community is within the domain of the Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation and historical records prove that about 75% of the Chippewa population living at Island Lake in 1909, originally lived in the Deer Lake-Favorable Lake and Big Trout Lake and Sandy Lake regions, of northwestern Ontario. Manitoba is about 42 miles northwest of Deer Lake. According to the 2011 census, the population of Deer Lake is 992. In history, many Chippewa's from Minnesota fled up to this region of Ontario in the late 19th century. They also migrated up to northeastern Manitoba.





Deer Lake

It is the smaller of the two settlements. It is over a mile to the southeast of North Deer Lake. The small community is located adjacent to the shores of the lake. Deer Lake may have up to 30 or more housing units. I don't know what the population is. Using google earth to count how many housing units are in Deer Lake is very difficult. The satellite images are blurry and probably quite old.



Photo of Deer Lake


North Deer Lake

It is the larger of the two settlements. North Deer Lake is over a mile northwest of Deer Lake. Using google earth to count how many housing units are in Deer Lake is very difficult. The satellite images are blurry and probably quite old. I would estimate North Deer Lake has well over 100 housing units. North Deer Lake is located along the shores of the same lake as Deer Lake. I don't know what the population is.



Photo of North Deer Lake


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