West Moberly Lake First Nation


This Ojibway Reserve is located in northeastern British Columbia, on Moberly Lakes shores, and is home to Ojibway's. According to 2016's census, West Moberly Lake First Nation has an on-Reserve population of 150. They have 54 dwellings with 50 lived in. Average household size is 3.1 persons per household. Around 20 speak Corrupted Ojibway Language which is what Lewis and Clark called Cree Langauge. These people know their Ojibway. According to historians, they were admitted (they didn't sign treaty or were non treaty) to treaty 8 in 1914. Saulteau People were also known as Stony according to Treaty 8 Text. Ojibway People are Assiniboine or Stony. They were reported to be nomadic and had been traveling nomadic for at least 4 years to avoid treaty, before settling down near Moberly Lake in 1910. More about that is below. Whites were invading lands east of Hudson's Hope during that time or 1912. That's why Canada tried to have them sign Treaty 8. It was no different further north at Fort Halkett and Fort Nelson. They estimate over 600 Indians had yet to accept Treaty 8 in 1914. What happened in 1914, was Canada admitting Saulteaux First Nations (aka Hudson Hope Band, Fort Grahame Band & McCleod Band) into Treaty 8. St. John Indian Band signed Treaty 8 in 1900. They really meant Indians living west of Fort St. John were admitted to Treaty 8. These Ojibway's are losing their Ojibway Nationality. They are too scared to follow prophecy. Aseniwuche Winewak broke away from Saulteaux First Nations in 1994. They are too scared to follow prophecy. They now live near Grand Cache, Alberta. They claim to be made up of several tribes including Ojibway. In 1971, Hudson Hope Indian Band gave up as did West Moberly Lake First Nation. In September of 2002, a group of hostile renegades broke off and initiated trouble with Moberly Lake Ojibway's, by putting up a road blockade on Old Heritage Highway near Stony Lake, British Columbia to prevent Ojibway's from exploiting Ojibway land near Wapiti River. They are known today as Kelly Lake Cree First Nation. They are traitors who are a disgrace. They are too scared to follow prophecy. They are not following prophecy during a time when it's mandatory to follow prophecy.



According to Saulteau Ojibway Historians, chief Kakago'oganis' (probably chief Okanese) had a vision while living in Manitoba that told him to migrate west to a location with twin peaked mountains. Similar to Hill 57 (it's a twin peaked hill or mountain adjacent to Great Falls west side) at Great Falls, Montana. In August of 1913, it was reported in Montana's newpapers, that chief Rocky Boy left his Blackfeet Reservation and was at or near Great Falls with 37 other Ojibway's. In summer of 1914, they reported that there were 34 Ojibway's at Moberly Lake. Between 1888 and 1908, these Ojibway People made a migration to Moberly Lake. It coincides with what was happening to Montana Ojibway's. 1,000's were being Relocated away from their Montana Reservations. Canada agreed to accept many of them. However, there were already Ojibway People living at Moberly Lake. That region of British Columbia could not support a large population. It was to mountainous. When Treaty 8 was prepared in 1898, Canada probably didn't intend on northeast British Columbia being within Treaty 8. However, as more Montana Ojibway's were Relocated to northeast British Columbia, that attitude changed. Canada had four locations in northeast British Columbia where they needed treaty signings to happen. They were Fort Halkett, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Hudson Hope. Most difficult was Hudson Hope. In December 1909, H.A. Conroy was appointed commissioner to negotiate treaty signings at Fort Nelson. It coincides with what happened in November of 1909 in Montana. Chief Rocky Boy and 100's if not 1,000's of his Ojibway subjects, were loaded onto to train box cars and Relocated. Many were Relocated to Fort Nelson. On August 13, 1910, Conroy reached Fort Nelson and found Ojibway leaders eager to sign treaty. On August 15, 1910 Ojibway leaders signed an adhesion to Treaty 8. They had no business doing so because they were not native to that region. It caused strife with native Indians of that region. In 1916, Reserves were set aside for 300 Indians west of Moberly Lake.



Saulteau Ojibway's or Stony Ojibway's, from Hudson Hope Band and Moberly Lake Band, that had recently settled near Hudson Hope, British Columbia and at Moberly Lake, never signed treaty. They were admitted to Treaty 8. That's a predicament because legally that land continues to be theirs. It extends from Stony Lake to Fort Ware. They originally lived near Fort Nelson then became nomadic before settling down at and around Moberly lake in 1914. Those living west of Moberly Lake also refused treaty. They are Fort Grahame and McCleod Lake Ojibway's. Canada could only admit them to Treaty 8. They are considered non treaty.



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