Saulteaux First Nation
On April 7, 1993, the Saulteaux First Nation celebrated the ratification of its Treaty Land Entitlement Claim, enabling them to purchase 56,000 acres of land within Saskatchewan (farm land, Crown land, and land for tourism as well as commercial, urban and residential purposes). This ratification resolved the century-old Treaty Land Debt owed the band as signatories to TREATY 6 on August 18, 1954. The Saulteaux band's largest populated area is located 35 km north of NORTH BATTLEFORD. This Ojibway-speaking band owns 13,138.9 ha of land, and 540 of the 1,066 band members live on reserve. Infrastructure includes a band office, band hall, fire hall, school, clinic, arena, and various structures required for the band's maintenance.
The word 'Saulteaux' is a French translation for 'people of the rapids' which originates from their Ontario settlement location near a waterway. The Saulteaux are part of a larger tribe (Ojibwa or Chippewa) residing in the Northern United States. Their native tongue is Ojibwa. Cree speaking tribe.
The Europeans near Sault Ste. Marie first encountered the Saulteaux, on an outlet of Lake Superior. The Saulteaux and the settlers came together to trap and trade. As the soil conditions and short growing seasons in the Northern Great Lakes region was not conducive to farming, the Saulteaux elected for a hunting and trading lifestyle with European settlers in the area. A portion of the band traveled west to Saskatchewan attracted by the expansion of the fur trade. They remained on the edges of the parkland and venturing onto the prairies only to hunt buffalo.
The Saulteaux band signed Treaty #6 on August 18, 1854.
Saulteaux First Nation is located 43 kilometres north of North Battleford near Cochin and Jackfish Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. Land holdings are over 14386.73 acres. Saulteaux is associated with BATC, Treaty #6 Territory.
Economic sources include tourism, agriculture, and forestry. Land use is primarily agricultural. The band has 950 registered members with a 50% residency rate.
Saulteaux First Nation Singers are renowned performers who travel across North America to share round dance songs.
Many lakes and parks offering camping, fishing and hunting are located in the area.
Facilities available on the reserve include a Band Office, Community Complex, Medical Clinic, Daycare, Fire Hall, Saulteaux Heritage School (K-9), Arena, and Recreation Center.