This is a report about the people in the Canadian Shield region but since there aren’t very many people this report is more about Fort Chipewyan which is in the Canadian Shield.


1792-1793 Alexander Mackenzie leaves Fort Chipewyan to voyage pacific Ocean via Peace Point

1798 Fort Chipewyan relocates on the north shore of Lake Athabasca.

1815 John Clarke Of The Hudson Bay Company builds Fort Wedderbum on Coal Island (Potatoe Island) opposite of Hudson bay Company’s Fort Chipewyan

1819-1822 John Franklin uses Fort Chipewyan as a base for his Athabasca exploration.

1827 Fort Chipewyan becomes Hudson Bay Company’s headquarters for the Athabasca District.

Fort Wedderbum abandoned in favor of Fort Chipewyan.

1843 J. Lefroy conducts magnetic survey at Fort Chipewyan

1857 First Prayer books in Cree and Chpewyan printed.

1862 Father Faraud becomes Apostollic Vicar of the Athabasca-Mackenzie District with headquarters at Fort Chipewyan



Fort Chipewyan was a trading post located in northeast Alberta in 1804



The name Chipewyan probably came from the tribe Chipewyan. The Chipewan people treasured flexibility and personal freedom.




The community’s population is about 1400 people including about 800 Cree, 250 Chhipewyan, 180 Metis and 170 more people that work there making up the balance.




There are two indigenous languages in the community. The languages are Woodland Cree (Mikisew Cree) and Denesblene (Athabasca Cree). The English language is now dominant.



Jobs, Industries and Recreation



The recreation includes Curling, Hockey, Baseball,

Skating, Parks, Community Center and a School Gymnasium. Most members work in government and business services in Fort Chipewyan. In fire seasons and when there’s a fire the Mikisew Cree becomes fire fighters. Other employment are with Syncrude and other other oil sand related companies.




There are no railway service and only one vehicle road leading to Fort Chipewyan from Fort Smith.




            Fort Chipewyan is a small community with not many people. The people there do stuff we do too. We can learn more about them by reading books and search for them on the Internet. I hope you enjoyed my report.





Alberta,  by Gordon D. Laws page 31


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