PAUL FIRST NATION HISTORY
Paul First Nation Heritage and Archives
Anthropologists believe that the Stoney Nakoda of the Paul First Nation in Alberta are descendants of the Assiniboine's in their “... most northwesterly penetration into the foothills of the Canadian Rockies ...”, Probably sometime in the early or mid 1700s.
PAUL BAND ORIGINS
In 1891, a small group of Alexis band members followed Headman Ironhead to a location on Wabamun Lake to live independently and build a new community. Currently this reserve is referred to as Paul or Paul’s Band.
In 1894, 72 Sharphead Band members were moved to this reserve and were forthwith administered out of the Edmonton Agency.
*SURVEY OF THE RESERVE 1891
*CHIEFS AND COUNCILLORS HISTORICAL TIMELINE
*HISTORICAL REPORTS AND RESEARCH
MUSEUM AND ARTIFACTS
Paul First Nation items held in collections of Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, and The Smithsonian, Washington D.C. (National Museum of the American Indian)
Artworks and Paintings
Paul First Nation Treaty 6 Medal, currently on display at the Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton
Wabamun Lake, Alberta, Canada
Wabamun Lake, a traditional fishing and hunting area, had been selected by Chief Ironhead as a desirable area for his band. Wabamun is a Cree word meaning mirror or looking glass. The lake was once referred to as White Whale Lake. The Stoney people called it Wihnemne (glass looking glass). Reserve lands Wabamun 133A and 133B, surveyed in November 1891 by John C. Nelson, were established through an Order in Council on June 16, 1892 (ICC 2007a).