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Saulteaux First Nation of Saskatchewan


It is very difficult to learn about the correct history of the Jackfish Lake Saulteaux of Saskatchewan, which is one of the many communities (excluding the Jackfish Lake Region) of the Ojibway Treaty 5 Reservation. Either their status was established back in the 19th century, or after 1950, when both the Saulteaux from Alberta (the O'Chiese and Sunchild) and Saskatchewan (the Jackfish Lake Saulteaux, Waterhen Lake Saulteaux, and Witchekan Lake Saulteaux), signed adhesions to treaty 6. An obvious discrepancy about the Saulteaux of Saskatchewan is very evident. The Ojibway's of the Jackfish Lake Saulteaux of Saskatchewan, obviously wanted to cling to their Anishinabe Nationality, as did the Ojibway's of Alberta. That may be the origins of the discrepancy. I have called the government of the Jackfish Lake Saulteaux and even they don't know when there status was established. However, i was told the Saulteaux First Nation was established long before the Cochin treaty 6 adhesion signings of 1954 and 1956. Below is a link to a googlemaps map of the Moosomin-Saulteaux Reserve of Saskatchewan.



Map of the Moosomin-Saulteaux Reserve


An online website has information about how the Saulteaux First Nation of Saskatchewan was established. A group of 6 Saulteaux (Ojibwa) families agreed to sign an adhesion to treaty 6 in 1954. The 6 families probably numbered around 30 or 40. Those 6 families obviously were not the only Ojibwa's in the Jackfish Lake region. Today, they number 610. They were originally known as the Jackfish Lake Band. However, the Moosomin were already living there. A map from 1922 (it is below) shows an Indian Reserve along the eastern shores of Jackfish Lake. To it's southwest is the old Moosomin-Thunderchild Reserve. To the west of the old Moosomin-Thunderchild Reserve, is the Little Pine-Poundmaker Reserve. Around 1908-1909, the Moosomin-Thunderchild Reserve was illegally eradicated and the Indians forced to move elsewhere. Moosomin moved to Jackfish Lake, while the Thunderchild moved to the northwest of Jackfish Lake. We know both are Saulteaux Ojibway's, especially the Thunderchild. In fact, the Saulteaux of Saulteaux-Moosomin Reserve, are the Thunderchild. It took them a long time to agree to the loss of their Reserve stolen in 1908-1909 and relocate to Moosomin at Jackfish Lake. Many came up from Montana around 1908-1909.





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