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.
Lefroy conducts magnetic survey at Fort Chipewyan
Prayer books in Cree and Chpewyan printed.
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
name Chipewyan probably came from the tribe Chipewyan. The Chipewan people
treasured flexibility and personal freedom.
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.
are two indigenous languages in the community. The languages are Woodland
Cree (Mikisew Cree) and Denesblene
(Athabasca Cree). The English language is now
Industries and Recreation
recreation includes Curling, Hockey, Baseball,
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.
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