Pelican Lake First Nation


These Saulteaux Ojibway's are a part of Big River Reserve. They are within Big Bears Reserve. They were with those Ojibway Soldiers led by chief Big Bear, that fought 1885's Northwest Rebellion. Their on-Reserve population is 891 according to 2016's census. They have three locations where they live. Most populated is Chitek Lake with a population of 821. Next is Pelican Lake (Sha-sha-gi Ga-mi) 191B with a population of 50. Then Pelican Lake 191A with a population of 20. They have 325 dwellings with 178 lived in. Average household size is 5.0 persons per household. Around 280 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Language. Cree People are too cowardly to follow prophecy. In 1876, chief Big Bear along with chief Rocky Boy and chief Sitting Bull, fled their native Montana for Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Canadian negotiators were sent to Fort Carlton to negotiate a treaty with chief Big Bear about a Reserve. That treaty is Treaty 6. Chief Big Bear was in fear of being executed for his part in 1876's War in Montana. He signed Treaty 6 in either 1876 or 1877 and agree to lead 1,000's of his Montana Ojibway's 100's of miles north to near Fort Pitt. He possibly did that in 1877. He told Canadian negotiators he had to return to his people at Cypress Hills and would bring them north to sign treaty. His Ojibway subjects found many locations to settle at. One is Pelican Lake First Nation which is within Big Bears Reserve. He did not cede his Reservation. They have no proof he ceded Reservation. They only go so far as writing that chief Big Bear wanted a large Reserve which included many districts. Pelican Lake First Nation is an Ojibway community. Do your investigating. Some of their leaders agreed to a new treaty in 1889. Canadian negotiators did not consider chief Big Bear highest ranking Saulteaux Ojibway leader. However, chief Big Bear made himself understood that he was highest ranking Ojibway leader. We have been told by prophecy to find evidence along a trail. That's what we are doing.



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