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O'Chiese First Nation


These Ojibway people are very traditional and have proven that for quite a long time. Below are google earth photos of their beautiful land. They are Stoney Ojibwa's or Assinibwan or Assiniboine. As-sin-i means Stoney and Bwan means O-jib-bwan with an Ojibway "n" plural. It's Ojibway word for "before" which is "chib-bwa or just "bwa." Do your research. Their on-Reserve population is 789 according to 2016's census. They have 265 dwellings with 190 lived in. Average household size is 4.2 persons per household. Around 240 speak Ojibway. O'Chiese First Nation Reserve covers an area of land of 140.20 sq. km. or 54.1 sq. mi. Unlike other Ojibway's of Alberta, they have kept their Ojibway Nationality. Many originally lived in Montana in 19th century but after 1876-1877's Black Hills War they followed Seven Fires Prophecy and chiefs Big Bear and Sitting Bull led them up to Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Later, they migrated towards Rocky Mountain House where they merged with Ojibway's in that region. They signed an adhesion to Treaty 6 on May 13, 1950. Not all however. Sunchild Ojibway's live adjacent to them yet are too scared to follow prophecy. They claim to be Cree. However, they are Sunchild Saulteaux Ojibway's from Saskatchewan. They won't accept it because they are too scared. They were first to sign an adhesion to Treaty 6. Either in Saskatchewan or Alberta. It supposedly happened on May 25, 1944. Sunchild First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 749 according to 2016's census. They have 187 dwellings with 168 lived in. Average household size is 4.4 persons per household. Around 225 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Language. Their Reserve covers 53.51 sq. km. or 20.7 sq. mi. Total on-Reserve population of O'chiese & Sunchild Reserve is 1,538. Their nation has a land area of 193.71 sq. km. or 74.8 sq. mi.



Satellite Image of O'Chiese-Sunchild Reserve

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