Kinistin Saulteaux Nation

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Kinistin Saulteaux Nation
Band No. 377
Kinistin Saulteaux Nation logo.png
TreatyTreaty 4
Main reserveKinistin 91
Other reserve(s)
Land area41.48 km2
Population (2019)[1]
On reserve339
Off reserve750
Total population1089
ChiefFelix Thomas
Tribal Council[1]
Saskatoon Tribal Council

The Kinistin Saulteaux Nation is a Saulteaux band government in Saskatchewan. Their reserve is 39 kilometres (24 mi) southeast of Melfort. The Kinistin Saulteaux Nation is a signatory of Treaty No. 4, which was signed by Chief Yellow-quill on August 24, 1876.

Total registered population in February, 2009, was 913, of which the on-reserve population was 328 members. The First Nation is a member of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and have their urban offices in Saskatoon as well as their Tribal Council offices.


The First Nation was originally part of the Yellow-quill Saulteaux Band, a Treaty Band named after a Treaty 4 signatory Chief Ošāwaškokwanēpi, whose name means "Green/Blue-quill." However, due to "š" merging with "s" in Nakawēmowin (Saulteaux language), this led to a mistranslation of his name as "Yellow-quill"—"yellow" being osāw-, while "green/blue" being ošāwaško- (or osāwasko- in Saulteaux). Kinistin is named after Chief Kiništin ("Cree"), one of the headmen for Chief Ošāwaškokwanēpi. Chief Kiništin came to Saskatchewan from Western Ontario along with his two brothers, Miskokwanep ("Red [Crow-]Feather") and Mehcihcākanihs ("Coyote"). In 1901, lands were set aside for the Kinistin Band. Soon after the death of Chief Ošāwaškokwanēpi, the Yellow-quill Saulteaux Band divided into three groups, with the group originally headed by Chief Kiništin becoming the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation.


The First Nation have reserved for themselves three reserves:

  • 3,562.90 hectares (8,804.1 acres) Kinistin Reserve 91, which serves as their main Reserve.
  • 457.30 hectares (1,130.0 acres) Kinistin Reserve 91A
  • 37.1 hectares (92 acres) Treaty Four Reserve Grounds (Indian Reserve 77), which is shared with 32 other First Nations.


Kinistin have an elected tribal council consisting of a chief and five councilors. The current council for the two-year-long electoral term ending in April 2019, consists of Chief Felix Thomas and Councillors Wayne J. Thomas, Joseph Smokeyday, Cecil McNab and Craig Thomas.


  1. ^ "First Nation Detail". Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved September 10, 2019.

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Coordinates: 52°35′56″N 104°13′37″W / 52.59889°N 104.22694°W / 52.59889; -104.22694