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Office of the Chief
Chief and Council of Cowessess First Nation strives to enhance the quality of life of all members of the Cowessess First Nation through the protection and enhancement of Treaty Rights and the provision of effective services through the development and implementation of existing and new programs.
History of the Cowessess First Nation
Chief Cowessess (Ka-wezauce, “Little Boy”) adhered to Treaty 4 on September 15, 1874, on the Hudson’s Bay Company reserve, at the southeastern end of Echo Lake, with his Saulteaux, Cree, and Métis followers.
The 21,488-ha Cowessess Reserve is 13 km northwest of Broadview, and an additional 257.1-ha reserve (73A) is situated 31 km west of Esterhazy. There are 3,266 band members, 597 of whom live on reserve.