Foothills First Nation
Ancestry of Kelly Lake descendants goes deep into the earliest stratum of Canadian history, which emerged from oral history of nearby tribes, fur traders, and guides from the Northwest Company in the early 1800s. Patriarchs of Chaughawaga Iroquois came west to the Rocky Mountains nearly two hundred years ago and embarked on a legacy of history of descendents, which formed the backbone of a growing community called Kelly Lake.
Kelly Lake is a Cree speaking community, approximate lineage 800 Cree speaking people, in north eastern British Columbia, which formed a permanent Indian community in its current location (55°N 15°W) sometime near or before the turn of the 18th century. This date should be viewed as a point in a continuum of use and occupancy, and not as definitive of occupancy. What is being considered is a gradual movement from nomadic to more settled existence.
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