Sturgeon Lake First Nation Alberta
Located about 15 miles due west of Valleyview, Alberta, is the Anishinabe Sturgeon Lake First Nation. There are three Reserves which make up this First Nation. They cover an area of 15,664 total hectares or 38,706 total acres. The Reserve population is 1,392. Using the internet to learn about the history of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation of Alberta is extremely difficult. They either signed treaty 6 or treaty 8 in 1899. The nearby Whitefish Lake First Nation has their history telling about treaty 6 and civil strife. Some of the citizens of Sturgeon Lake First Nation may be descended from Anishinabe refugees from the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. They are obviously closely related to the Ojibwa's from the O'Chiese-Sunchild Reserve and the Ojibwa's from the Saulteau First Nation of British Columbia. They live in the same general region of western Alberta.
They are from the Woodland branch of the northern Ojibwa's who are also known as the Muskego or Muskegowuk, which means Swampy People in Anishinabe. The whites call them Woodland Cree. The Plains Cree are also a branch of the northern Ojibwa's. They have lived in that region of Alberta for probably over 1,000 years. Many of the Ojibwa's from Manitoba who followed the Seven Fires Prophecy and migrated westward into the region in British Columbia where the Saulteau First Nation is, settled down with these Anishinabe people of the Surgeon Lake First Nation of Alberta, as did many landless Montana Chippewa's. Below is a link to a map of two of Sturgeon Lake First Nation Reserves. One is to the north (the smaller one), while the larger one is to the south of the lake.