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Frog Lake First Nation


Located in east central Alberta, not too far from Saskatchewan, is an Ojibway Frog Lake First Nation Reserve. There are three Reserves which make up this First Nation. Total area is 18,941 hectares or 46,804 acres. However, they are really within Kasba Reserve or Treaty 5 Reserve. They are from chief Big Bears Ojibway's from Montana. After American Soldiers attacked Ojibway's living in Montana in 1876, chiefs Big Bear and Sitting Bull led 10,000s to Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Chief Big Bear met white negotiators at Fort Carlton and possibly Fort Pitt in Saskatchewan, in August and September of 1876, or just after fleeing to them Cypress Hills. He told them he would sign treaty in 1877. However, it took him until December of 1882 to actually sign treaty. His subjects demanded of him to sign treaty and he obliged them. His subjects agreed to relocate 100's of miles north to near Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan. They were granted land. However, whites lied. Ojibway leaders warned whites not to cross South Saskatchewan River because it was a boundary. Chief Big Bear ceded much land in 1871. He had another name whites gave him which is Yellow Quill or Blue Quill. In Ojibway, it's pronounced as O-za-wa-sko-kra-na-bi. Land from St. Mary River's location in Alberta, where Alberta and Montana's border is, to either Fort Alexander in Manitoba or Fort Albany at James Bay, was ceded. South Saskatchewan River's mouth was a north boundary. Tobin Lake was a northeast boundary. Quill Lakes was another boundary. From Quill Lakes, it followed a line southeast to Assiniboine River then to Fort Alexander. All land south was ceded except for a few Ojibway Reserves. As mentioned, South Saskatchewan River was a boundary. Chief Big Bear and his subjects, settled north of Saskatchewan River in Alberta and Saskatchewan. When chief Big Bear signed treaty in December of 1882, he ceded land south of Saskatchewan River, in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In early 1885, Canada demanded land north of Saskatchewan River which chief Big Bear refused. It led to 1885's Northwest Rebellion. Chief Big Bear continued to refuse to cede land after that conflict ended. His Ojibway subjects were illegally set aside small Reserves where they settled north of Fort Pitt. One is Frog Lake. Population of Kasba Reserve settlement of Frog Lake is 531 according to a 2016 census. In Ojibway, they'd pronounce Frog Lake as Ga-miiz z'O-ma-kar-ki or Lake Frog. Diminutive is to signify it being a small lake. Below are some google earth road views of Frog Lake settlement which is very disorganized. It does not look like a town.





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