Wesley First Nation
According to oral history, Ki-chi-pwot (a Cree name) had a Cree bloodline but lived among the northern group. In 1877, the government wished to make a peace treaty. A delegation of men and women made the journey to represent the Stoney Nakoda. Ki-chi-pwot was appointed as its main emissary. On behalf of the northern Stoney Nakoda group, Ki-chi-pwot placed his mark on the Treaty document. "Ki-chi-pwot, or Jacob". (Jacob was the name given to him by missionaries.) Ki-chi-pwot was officially recognized as Chief of the northern group, which then became known as "Jacob's Band". After Treaty 7 was signed, Jacob's Band was contained on the Morley Reserve. Eight years after signing Treaty 7, Ki-chi-pwot died on the Morley Reserve in 1885.
From an early age, Ta otha (Moose Killer) displayed leadership qualities. He was an expert hunter of big game. He was also a trapper, and became known as a provider for the people.
As a young man, Ta Otha was one of the representatives of Treaty 7 negotiations in 1877. The head leader for the northern group was "Ki-chi-pwot" (a Cree name). Ki-chi-pwot died in 1885 and Jonas Goodstoney became the new chief.
Ta otha continued to hunt to provide for his family and the people. This was despite constraints of the government's laws imposed upon them, which were enforced by the Indian Agent on the Reserve and by territorial police. Ta otha was selected as the new Chief. Peter Wesley was the name that had been given to Ta otha by missionaries, and Jacob's Band became known as "Wesley Band".
In 1894, Ta otha led his loyal group away from the Morley Reserve and the harsh conditions there. They travelled north to their traditional hunting and camping grounds. The government did not force them to return. He passed away in 1935 near the place of his birth.
Currently Ernest Wesley resides as Chief of the Wesley Nation.