Basquia Cree Territory:
West of northern Lake Winnipeg, especially the Saskatchewan River
delta and the Pas region.
The Basquia Cree were
decimated by the smallpox epidemic of 1781. Subsequently, West
Mushkegowuk and Saulteaux migrated into their territory from
the east and merged with the survivors to take on the identity
of West Mushkegowuk.
L G O N Q U I A N
Basquia Cree Population
Canada (2010) - 3,400
Were you to visit the Opaskwayak's
page, it states quite clearly that their first major interaction
with the French was with the building of local Fort Paskoyak
in 1749....some 32 years prior to the smallpox epidemic. There
were only Basquia Cree at that location at that time.