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Kinistin First Nation

This band of Saskatchewan Ojibway's (Kinistin's), have a history that may indicate they had problems negotiating with whites. Their first nation was possibly established when ogima Yellow Quill signed treaty 1 in 1871, at Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba. However, their band eventually separated into three independant bands, which could indicate some discontent was being felt by many of Kinistin Ojibway's under ogima Yello Quill's leadership. Ogima Yellow Quill also signed an adhesion to treaty 4. He may have been chief Big Bear. If he was, they lived in Montana and fled to Canada in 1876-1877. One band stayed in Montana led by chief Little Bear who became an ally of American's and helped them fight his own people. Two fled to Canada. They were chief Big Bear and chief Rocky Boy. Chief Rocky Boy returned to his native Montana a few years after chief Big Bear signed Treaty 6 on December 8, 1882. In June of 1885, chief Rocky Boy returned to his large Reservation at Great Falls. Chief Big Bear encouraged him to return to Montana during 1885's Northwest Rebellion. According to 2016's census, Kinistin First Nations on-Reserve population is 321. They have 90 housing units with 82 lived in. Average household size is 4.0 persons per household. Ojibway Language is yet spoken at Kinistin yet it's dying out. Around 60 people speak western Ojibway Dialect at Kinistin.

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