The culture and language of the Aseniwuche Winewak is predominately Woodland Cree. Modern bloodlines descend from Cree, Iroquois, Beaver, Sekani, Assiniboine, Ojibwa and Shuswap.
Remembering our ancestors
Our people have a rich heritage and history: modern bloodlines descend from Cree, Iroquois, Beaver, Sekani, Assiniboine, Ojibwa and Shuswap. During the late 1700’s and early 1800’s the Beaver, Sekani and Shushwap were forced to relocate from the area by the Assiniboine, Ojibwa, Iroquois and Cree. The Iroquois came west with the fur trade. Most returned east after their contracts had expired, some stayed and married into local Cree, Sekani and Beaver groups, becoming the patriarchs of local families. The Assiniboine began their push west after they started trading with the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Ojibwa originated in the eastern Canadian woodlands. They had good relations with the Cree and Assiniboine people; but settled mainly in the Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House areas.
Migrating west, the Cree had the advantage of established relations with the fur trade companies, and had access to advanced technology, mainly rifles. Gradually the Cree and Assiniboine overtook the area. The Beaver and Sekani people moved north and the Shuswap moved west to the Okanogan. The few Iroquois in the area were assimilated into Cree traditions and language. Presently the culture and language of the Aseniwuche Winewak is predominately Woodland Cree.
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