The Saulteaux (Anishinabe), Nehiyaw (Cree) and Mountain Dunne-Za (Beaver) people have existed together in this area prior to adhering to Treaty 8 in 1914.
The Saulteaux people migrated here from southern Manitoba led by their spiritual prophet who was guided to this location. An agreement was reached with the Dunne-Za to co-exist and live in peace. The Nehiyawak arrived in different phases and since they already had a foothold as trading partners in the fur trade, theirs became the language of commerce. The Cree language eventually became the primary local language.
Today we are bound by our collective history, worldviews, ancient unwritten laws and our kinship through intermarriage. We maintain our own unique forms of governance, spiritual traditions and connection to land that predates the forming of Canada. From certain angles looking out west from the lake, you can see glimpses of the Twin Sister sacred mountains.