O'Chiese First Nation
The O'Chiese First Nation is a Saulteaux First Nation in Alberta, Canada. The First Nation's homeland is the 14131.9 ha O'Chiese 203A Indian reserve, located approximately 23 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House. Also reserved is the O'Chiese Cemetery 203A. As of May 2008, the First Nation had the population of 954 registed people, of which the on-reserve population was 644 people. The primary language spoken on the reserve is Saulteaux. Though the ancestors of O'Chiese First Nation made the area about Baptiste River their winter camp site where they hunted moose and deer, and trapped small game for the Fur trade, they also migrated as far south as the Milk River in Montana in the summer.
The O'Chiese First Nation elect their leadership through the Act Electoral System. The current council consists of Chief Darren Whitford and six Councillors: Douglas Beaverbones, Roy Bremner, Martin Ironbow, Cleon Strawberry, Cedric Whitford and Leslie Yellowface. Their two-year term began on January 6, 2007. The First Nation is affiliated with Yellowhead Tribal Council, a Regional Chiefs' Council. O'Chiese First Nation is a signatory to Treaty 6 adhesion, signed on May 13, 1950.