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The Bloodvein First Nation is located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, along the Bloodvein River in Manitoba, Canada. This area is a part of Treaty 5, and has long been inhabited by native peoples. The name “Bloodvein” was used in an 1818-19 Hudson's Bay Company journal. The name probably describes the Canadian Shield red granite veins of the river bed.



During the 18th century, the Bloodvein River was used by Ojibwa peoples as a trapping area for the fur trade, and it was a fur transport route. The native community of Bloodvein, near the river’s mouth, is still inhabited by descendants of the Saulteaux-Ojibwa people, continuing the traditional native life of hunting, trapping, fishing and wild rice harvesting.

The Bloodvein River is located in the largest remaining intact boreal forest region of the world. It is listed to become a World Heritage Site that will be protected and enjoyed by many future generations. Poplar River is a protected area in the region that will also be part of the heritage site.

The river’s historic features are the undisturbed archaeological sites which provide evidence of prehistoric, hunter-gatherer peoples in the area for thousands of years. There are pictographs (native rock paintings of red ochre) dating back to around 900 to 1,200 AD.

There are many caribou, bears, wolves, bald eagles, lynx, owls, and various species of fish in the area. The river and surroundings is the traditional land use area for the Ojibwa people.

First Nation today

As of April 2007, the First Nation had the population of 1,406 registed people, of which the on-reserve population was 887 people. The primary language spoken on the reserve is Saulteaux.

The First Nation has reserved itself the Bloodvein 12 and the smaller Loon Straits 11 Reserves. Bloodvein First Nation is a member of the Southeast Resource Development Council.

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Coordinates: 51°46′37″N 96°41′42″W / 51.77694°N 96.695°W / 51.77694; -96.695


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