Wahgoshig First Nation


Located adjacent to large Lake Abitibi, is an Ojibway First Nation known as Wahgoshig First Nation. In Ojibway, Wahgoshig supposedly means "Little Fox." However, that's incorrect. They have to use an Ojibway diminutive. Correct pronunciation is Wah-go-shi-gos or Wa-go-si-gos. Ojibway animal words end with either a "c, g or k." In 1972, they decided to establish two communities. One at Wahgoshig and another near Amos, Quebec. Wahgoshig First Nation is a small Reserve covering 78.74 sq. km. or 30.4 sq. mi. Their Reserves only community is located nearly 9 kilometers or over 5 miles southwest of Lake Abitibi. On June 7, 1906 their leaders signed Treaty 9 at Lake Abitibi, in Quebec. Apparently some kind of predicament followed because Treaty 9 was intended only for Ojibway People in Ontario yet much of Abitibi Territory was in Quebec. These Ojibway Peoples district extended to James Bay centuries ago. They used Abitibi River to reach James Bay. Their district extended east to central Quebec, where O-bed-jiw-an is located. To their west, their district extended well past Timmins, Ontario. Lake Nipissing was possibly their districts southern boundary. However, Wahgoshig was their main location. Ojibway fishermen considered Wahgoshigs region very important. So did white and Eskimo invaders. In 1686, Ojibway Soldiers intensified their campaign against English, Eskimos and French who had established forts along James Bay's coasts. Them whites and Eskimos, established a post at Lake Abitibi in 1686. What followed was detachments of Ojibway Soldiers reinforcing Wahgoshigs region to stop whites and Eskimos from James Bay, from invading further southwards. They also attacked and destroyed white forts along James Bays shores. That region (Wahgoshig) was possibly colonized by Ojibway leader O-gi-ma Sa-gi-ma, during 16th century Ojibway expeditions to that region. His capital was possibly located at Obedjiwan in Quebec. Place your detectives at their community to spy on their leaders. I don't trust them. They are not looking out for best interests of Indians. Preordain early 20th century Ojibway Traditionalists, to retreat much further north. Indians are not going to survive as a race at Wahgoshig.