Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Kashechewan First Nation
This Chippewa Treaty 9 Reservation settlement is located along the western shores of James Bay. It was largely settled by the Odawah or Ottawa's who were the merchant totem of the Anishinabe Nation. Before the 1950s, they were a part of the Fort Albany community. Either some of the citizens of the Fort Albany community agreed to relocate about 5 miles to the north where Kashechewan is now, as a result of frequent flooding which continues now, or some other reason led to the establishment of Kashechewan. There is talk now of relocating Kashechewan to avoid the frequent flooding. The latest population estimate for Kashechewan is 1,700. Kashechewan is still affiliated with Albany 67. Kashechewan is connected by winter roads to Fort Albany, Attawapisskat, Moosonee, and Moose Factory. Moosonee is connected to the Ontario Northland Railway which means they have had much more frequent contact with the whites. Moosonee is 135 miles from Attawapiskat which is the most northerly of the communities. Though the citizens of these large communities along the western shores of James Bay are largely descended from the military and police (Chippewa's) and merchants (Odwah's or Ottawa's) totems of the Anishinabe Nation, there has been enough frequent contact with the whites that they have lost their Anishinabe Nationality. Below is a link to a picture of the Chippewa Treaty 9 settlement of Kashechewan.
Photo of Kashechewan