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Waywayseecappo First Nation


This Saulteaux Ojibway First Nation is located in southwest Manitoba. Below are several links to google earth photos of Waywayseecappo and below them a correct map of their Reserve. On-Reserve population of Waywayseecappo First Nation, according to 2016's census, is 1,365. They have 438 dwellings with 428 lived in. Average household size is 3.2 persons per household. Around 85 speak Ojibway Language at Waywayseecappo First Nation. All dwellings, which number 438, are located along roads within this Reserve. Size of Waywayseecappo Reserve is small. It covers an area of land that is 99.56 sq. km. or 38.4 sq. mi. However, there is evidence they were set aside a rather large Reserve around 1874-1877 or so, they shared with Gambler, Keeseekoowenin and Rolling River. We will name this Ojibway Reserve Riding Mountains Ojibway Reserve. Canada refused to honor treaty. It may have been because of chief The Gambler. He was grandson of John Tanner. In 1789 or during 1774-1795's Revolutionary War, John Tanners Ojibway mother instructed her husband Manito Gishig, to kidnap 9 year old Tanner from her ex husband John Tanner Sr. who was living near Cincinatti, Ohio. He definitely didn't want to yet did. It was a child war!



He was brutal to young Tanner. He nearly killed him with his axe. His mother nursed him back to health. She then hired an Ojibway to kill her husband. Afterwards, she fled the war zone to a location that was safer for her mixed blood son. She was a high ranking Odawah Ojibway or trader. They moved to northwest Ontario then Manitoba. Tanner was very familiar with southwest Manitoba. She raised her son to be a trader. He was taught how to hunt and trap. He eventually returned to live with whites. In 1846, his house was destroyed in a fire. Around that same time, highly respected Henry Rowe Schoolcrafts brother was murdered. They suspected Tanner of killing him. Tanner was probably killed shortly afterwards. They found his body in a bog a few years later. After white settlers invaded this Reserves region and learned about chief The Gambler, they protested like children to steal this legitimate Ojibway Reserve.



In 1881, it was reported that Gambler, Sakimay and Waywayseecappo's population was 490, with 270 at Riding Mountains which indicates this Reserve is legitimate. They reported that of Sakimay's 1881 population of 130, 55 were at Fort Walsh which means Montana Ojibway's are involved. They had yet to relocate to their Reserves in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. Those that had yet to settle on their Reserve numbered 325 in 1881. However, those 55 from Sakimay, did settle at their Reserve or Birdtail Sioux Reserve. At Waywayseecappo, they have a town named Birdtail. There are at least 3 Reserves or Districts of Riding Mountains Reserve, yet probably 4. They are Gambler, Keeseekoowenin and Waywayseecappo. Evidence suggests that Rolling River is their 4th Reserve. They lived at Riding Mountains Reserve then were forced to relocate. Chief The Gambler had to send many of his Ojibway Subjects to Valley River Reserve. They are furthest from Riding Mountains Reserve and must be included as a District of this Reserve.



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