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Zhiibaahaasing First Nation


This Ojibway community is located on Manitoulin Island which is located in Lake Huron. They are signatories to 1836's Bond Head Treaty (aka Manitoulin Island Treaty) which set aside all of Manitoulin Island to be an Ojibway Reservation. Ojibway's living further south, between Lakes Erie and Ontario and south of Lake Huron, were to relocate to their Manitoulin Island Reservation. However, not all relocated. Many stayed at their original Reserves. In 1862, England bought Ojibway leaders to cede most of their Manitoulin Island Reservation which means it was fraudulent. All of Manitoulin Island remains an Ojibway Reservation. 2016's population of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation is 55. They have 21 dwellings with all lived in. Average household size is 2.8 persons per household. Ojibway Language is no longer spoken at Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. Adjacent to them on their east is Sheshegwaning Reserve. I don't know how they pronounce Zhiibaahaasing. Supposedly, this Zhiibaahaasing means "The Place Where Water Passess Between Two Lands." Translated, it means "The Narrows." It refers to a body of water "narrows" between Mamitoulin Island and Cockburn Island. Ojibway Language has no word for Strait. Their word for Narrows is "A-gas-sa." It should be pronounced as "Zhii-ba-a-gas-sa." Even that is incorrect. That's without an "ing" locative. Manitoulin Island is separated from Cockburn Island, by 1.7 miles or 2.8 kilometers. I don't know what "the" is in Ojibway. It isn't "zhii or she." It could be "chi" as in "cheek." Or it could be "o." Either "Chi A-gas-sa" or "O A-gas-sa" could be their correct translation.



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