Sturgeon Lake First Nation of Saskatchewan
Located northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is Sturgeon Lake First Nation which is within Big Bears Reservation. There is no evidence his Reservation was ceded. He was arrested and imprisoned for his role in 1885's Northwest Rebellion. According to 2016's census, on-Reserve population of Sturgeon Lake First Nation is 1,174. They have 293 dwellings with 287 lived in. Average household size is 4.1 persons per household. Around 150 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 Sturgeon Lake First Nation which is within Big Bears Reserve. It's Big Bears Reservations eastern boundary. I suspect mouth of South Saskatchewan River was original eastern boundary of chief Big Bears Reservation. Saddle Lake Reserve is his Reserves west boundary. 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. Sturgeon Lake First Nation is one of many locations chief Big Bear's Montana Ojibway's settled at. On August 23, 1876 chief Big Bear signed treaty creating his Reservation which includes Sturgeon Lake First Nation. 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.