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Rama Indian Reserve

Rama Indian Reserve

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Rama Indian Reserve

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
Chippewas of Rama First Nation
On the west side of Road 44, street number 5896
2.7 km north of Monck Road (Road 45)

Coordinates: N 44 38.905 W 79 21.016


Plaque Text

In 1830 Sir John Colborne, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (1828-1836), settled several nomadic bands of Indians on a reserve stretching along the portage between the Atherley Narrows and Georgian Bay. They were placed under the superintendency of Captain Thomas Gummersall Anderson. The Ojibwa (Chippewa) tribe led by Chief William Yellowhead (Musquakie) were located at the Atherley Narrows. Pressure on the government by land-hungry white settlers forced the Indians, in 1836, to relinquish their holdings, and Yellowhead's band was moved to Rama in 1838-9, where they purchased 650 ha. By 1846 they had 120 ha under cultivation and their settlement contained twenty houses, four barns and a school house.

Related Ontario plaque
Chief William Yellowhead


First Nations

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted January 8, 2013
Hello! Where can I find a map of the "original" reserve lands and vs the current reserve land? Also, is there a map anywhere of the "traditional" lands? Thanks!

> Posted March 21, 2011
Yes Rama Reserve is still populated with native descendants and highly successful due to Rama Casino located there

> Posted November 17, 2010
Does any one live there now?

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