Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation


These Saulteaux Ojibway People live around Makwa Lake in Saskatchewan. Below are google earth photos of their community. They are a part of Jackfish Lake Saulteaux Ojibway People (aka Sunchild) of Saskatchewan. Their communities are within Big Bears Reserve. According to 2016's census, Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 1,007. They have 453 dwellings with 235 lived in. Their leaders are allowing whites to invade and colonize their land. Loon Lake is a predominantly white town that's adjacent to Makwa Lake 129B. There are three Makwa Lake communities. They are Makwa Lake 129 (population 15), Makwa Lake 129B (population 982) and Makwa Lake 129C (population 10). Makwa Lake in Ojibway means Bear Lake or Mak-wa Ga-mi). In 1876, chief Big Bear fled his native Montana for Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. He agreed to sign treaty and relocate 100's of miles north to near Fort Pitt, where his Ojibway subjects found many locations to live. One is Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation. It does not mean Loon Lake. In Ojibway, Makwa means "Bear." Reservoir in Ojibway is "Za-ga-i-gan." Correct pronunciation is "Makwa Ga-mi." It means Bear Lake. 1885's Northwest Rebellion's last battle was fought at Makwa Lake.



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