Skownan First Nation
Skownan First Nation in a Saulteaux (Ojibway) First Nation located approximately 300 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on the south shore of Waterhen Lake, between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis. As of May, 2008, the First Nation have 1,236 registered people, of which their on-Reserve population was 677.
Originally, the First Nation was known as the Waterhen River Band of Saulteaux (opposed to the Waterhen Lake Band of Cree) and later simply as Waterhen First Nation. The Skownan First Nation is a signatory to Treaty 2. Their name comes from Ne-biimiskonaan, meaning "to turn around the point" or "turning point" in the Anishinaabe language.
The Skownan First Nation elect their council on a two-year term under the authority of the Act Electoral System. The current Chief is Cameron Catcheway; the Councillors are Cameron Catcheway, Sterling Catcheway, Joseph Maud and Charlotte Nepinak. The Chief's and Councillors' terms began on November 4, 2010.
The Council is a member of West Region Tribal Council, a regional Chiefs' Council.
- Francois/Broken Fingers: Treaty 2 Signatory 1871
- Katahkahwaynaas: 1872-1885
- Baptiste O'kitchekeshowenin/Nepinak: 1885-1922
- Hermus Nepinak: 1922-1950
- Alex Catcheway: 1951-1955 (terms 1-2)
- Moise Catcheway: 1955-1959 (terms 1-2)
- Alex Catcheway: 1959-1961 (term 3)
- Joe Catcheway: 1961-1963
- Carl Gabriel: 1963-1965
- Alphonse Catcheway: 1965-1967
- Moise Catcheway: 1967-1969 (term 3)
- Donald Catcheway: 1969-1971
- Moise Catcheway: 1971 - 1979 (terms 4-7)
- Harvey Nepinak: 1979-1983 (terms 1-2)
- Larry Catagas: 1983-1987
- Harvey Nepinak: 1987-1999 (terms 3-8)
- Bernard Catcheway: 1999-2003 (terms 1-2)
- Robert Lavallee: 2003-2005
- Harvey Nepinak: 2005-2010 (terms 9-11.5)
- Cameron Catcheway: 2010-
The First Nation have reserved for themselves the 1,856.7 ha Waterhen 45 Indian Reserve. Located on the Reserve are the Skownan Settlement and the Waterhen Settlement (not to be confused with town of Waterhen, Manitoba, a Metis community located 12 km south of the Waterhen Settlement).
- AANDC profile
- Statistics Canada's 2006 Census for Waterhen 45
- Skownan First Nation History from West Manitoba Genealogy
- Seeing the path: the Skownan Vision Seekers Initiative
- Map of Waterhen 45 at Statcan
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