Red Pheasant First Nation


Located just southwest of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, is the Saulteaux Ojibway Red Pheasant First Nation. In history, this band of Plains Ojibway were most likely hostile towards invading whites. Original ogima (chief) of this band was one ogima Wuttunee who was related to Jacques Cardinal. Chief Wuttunee did not sign treaty six. After receiving ogima Wuttunee's reply to dot sign treaty, whites paid his brother Red Pheasant to sign treaty 6. How do we know these people are Saulteaux Ojibwa. As mentioned, chiefs Red Pheasant and Wuttunee were related to Jacques Cardinal who had two sons. One was chief Okanese who was Ojibway and the other was chief St. Paul who was also Ojibway. Chiefs Red Pheasant and Wuttunee are sons of either chief Okanese or chief Paul. There is only one Reserve which makes up this First Nation. Total area covered by the one Reserve is 29,346 hectares or 72,515 total acres. However, the Red Pheasant Reserve is connected to the Ojibwa's Grizzly Bears Head, Lean Man and Mosquito Reserves. There are actually four Reserves which make up this First Nation, when the Red Pheasant First Nation is included. All are connected. Excluding Red Pheasant, they cover an area of 16,193 hectares or 40,013 total acres. Including Red Pheasant, the single Reserve covers 41,501 hectares or 102,551 acres. This Reserve is one of chief Rocky Boy's many Reservations and Reserves. A land surrender happened in 1905 for chief Rocky Boy's Montana Ojibway's. It wasn't for whites. The Reserve population is 1,397 when including Red Pheasant. The Red Pheasant Reserve population is 603 according to the 2011 census. That does not include off-Reserve population. There are 152 housing units at Red Pheasant. Average household size is near 4.0 persons per household.



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