Chiniquay First Nation
According to oral history, Chi-ne-ka (a Cree name) had a Cree bloodline. Chiniquay encountered a group consisting of several clans of the Stoney Nakoda that were camped at the foot of Mount Laurie.
Using the traditional sign language, Chi-ne-ka gestured he had come in peace. Chi-ne-ka then asked if he and his wife could take sanctuary in their camp. They agreed to this arrangement and Chi-ne-ka and his wife stayed. Chi-ne-ka continued to earn his welcome. He had the unique ability to resolve disputes and to broker peace. He eventually became a leader of the tribe.
In 1877, Chi-ne-ka represented the group during negotiations of the Treaty 7 peace agreement with the government. Since that time, the group led by Chi-ne-ka was known as "Chiniquay Band" and since the 1980s as "Chiniki Band". Chi-ne-ka died on the Morley Reserve in 1906.
The current Chief of the Chiniki Nation is Chief Bruce Labelle.