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Saddle Lake First Nation


Located about 39.2 miles or 63.2 kilometres west of Frog Lake, Alberta is Saddle Lake First Nation which was one of chief Big Bears main villages. Either Saddle Lake or Frog Lake or Kehewin, were chief Big Bears favorite location. Below are google earth photos of this Ojibway settlements region. On-Reserve population of Saddle Lake First Nation is 6,598. Part of that population includes Whitefish Lake Reserve. That's according to a 2018 population estimate. Their population estimate is not reliable and probably much lower. Previous Saddle Lake First Nation census, which go back to 2001, don't provide population for Saddle Lake. In Ojibway, they'd name this town "Tes Ga-miiz." Ojibway word for saddle is Tessabiwin. Since a plural, past tence and present tense are used, "Tes" is an Ojibway word for saddle. To make it more pleasing to hear, they'd place a vowel after "s" in Tes. Either an "a," "e," "i," or "o" was used. Most likely an "o" vowel. So "Tes-sog Ga-miiz" may be their correct word for Saddle Lake. And since it's a small lake, they'd use a diminutive to denote it as being small. Thus, a reason for "Ga-miiz." In Ojibway, Ga-mi is their correct word for lake. It's no different than plancing a locative at an end of an Ojibway word. If it was a large lake, they'd pronounce it as "Tes-sog Ga-mi'chi" to denote it as being a large lake. Word for big in Ojibway is "chi." They place "chi" after or before a vowel. They think they are Cree. It deals with prophecy. These Ojibway People are too scared to follow prophecy. Cree People are a disgrace to Ojibway Traditionalists. Their fear is so great they use "Cree Nation" after their Reserves name, to distance themselves from Ojibway People. Cree Language is a dialect of Ojibway Language.



Satellite Image of Saddle Lake Town

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