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Gordon First Nation


It is one of two Ojibway communities located within Little Touchwood Hills Reserve (Kawacatoose means Little Touchwood Hills). Below are google earth photos of these communities. Gordon First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 837 according to a 2016 census. They have 238 dwellings with 218 lived in. Average household size is 3.8 persons per household. Corrupted Ojibway Language is spoken by 20 or so people. Lewis and Clark called Cree Language Corrupted Ojibway. 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 Reserve Map

Muskowekwan Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Muskowekwan Road Closeup

Satellite Image of Day Star

Day Star Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Day Star Road Closeup

Day Star Road Closeup

Day Star Road Closeup

Day Star Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Lestock Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup (Ga-wa Ga-dos)

Punnichy Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup

Punnichy Road Closeup

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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