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Kinistin First Nation

This band of Saskatchewan Chippewa Indians (the Kinistin), have a history that may indicate they had problems negotiating with the whites. Their first nation was possibly established when ogima Yellow Quill signed treaty 1 in 1871, at Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba. However, the band eventually separated into three independant bands, which could indicate some discontent was being felt by many of the Kinistin Chippewa Indians under ogima Yello Quill's leadership. Ogima Yellow Quill also signed an adhesion to treaty 4.

A mysterious event occurred which resulted in this band of Chippewa Indians leaving their homes in the Portage la Prairie region of southern Manitoba, to move to southern Saskatchewan just before 1885, where they now live. Some of them may have participated in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. They may have been inclined to look upon the whites with hostility. Their Reserve covers 4,020 hectares or 9,934 acres. The Reserve population is 323. Since the Reserve is surrounded by numerous white communities, many have moved to them in search of employment.

Ogima Kinistin led large numbers of Chippewa's into the Barren Lands of northeastern Saskatchewan, northern Manitoba, and the interior of what is now Nunavut, in the 1870s and 1880s, especially to avoid the 1885 Northwest Rebellion or white problem. He returned with a number of other Chippewa's in 1890, and was set aside what is now the Kinistin First Nation. Many probably participated in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. Below is a link to a map of the Kinistin Reserve.

Kinistin Reserve Map

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