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Sunchild First Nation


These Ojibway's live adjacent to O'Chiese yet think they are different. They claim to be Cree. However, they are Sunchild Saulteaux Ojibway's from Saskatchewan. They won't accept it. Below are google earth photos of their beautiful land. Sunchild First Nation was first to sign an adhesion to Treaty 6. Either in Saskatchewan or Alberta. It supposedly happened on May 25, 1944. Sunchild First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 749 according to 2016's census. They have 187 dwellings with 168 lived in. Average household size is 4.4 persons per household. Around 225 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Language. Their Reserve covers 53.51 sq. km. or 20.7 sq. mi. O'Chiese then signed an adhesion to treaty 6 on May 13, 1950. Not all however. O'Chiese Ojibway's are Stoney Ojibwa's or Assinibwan or Assiniboine. As-sin-i means Stoney and Bwan means O-jib-bwan with an Ojibway "n" plural. It's Ojibway word for "before" which is "chib-bwa or just "bwa." Do your research. Their (O'Chiese) on-Reserve population is 789 according to 2016's census. They have 265 dwellings with 190 lived in. Average household size is 4.2 persons per household. Around 240 speak Ojibway. O'Chiese First Nation Reserve covers an area of land of 140.20 sq. km. or 54.1 sq. mi. Unlike other Ojibway's of Alberta, they have kept their Ojibway Nationality. Many at both O'Chiese and Sunchild, originally lived in Montana in 19th century but after 1876-1877's Black Hills War they followed Seven Fires Prophecy and chiefs Big Bear and Sitting Bull led them up to Alberta's and Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. Later, they migrated towards Rocky Mountain House and Fort Pitt, where they merged with Ojibway's in those regions. Total on-Reserve population of O'chiese & Sunchild Reserve is 1,538. Their nation has a land area of 193.71 sq. km. or 74.8 sq. mi.



Satellite Image of O'Chiese-Sunchild Reserve

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