Historical and Alternate Community Names

Maple Creek, Flying Round, Foremost Man, Front Man, Goes Before, He Starts in Advance, Kahkeewistahaw, Kahkuwastahaw, Kahwistahaw, Kakeewistahaw, Kakewistahaw, Kakewistahow, Kakiiwistahaw, Kakuwistahaw, Kawistahaw, Maple Creek Reserve, Necanete, Nekahnew, Nekaynea, Reserve no. 072, Reserve no. 072a

Reserves, Settlements, and Villages

Nekaneet Cree Nation, Treaty Four Reserve Grounds No. 77

General Information

Nekaneet is a Nêhiyaw (Cree) First Nation located to the south-west of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. They are signatories to Treaty 4, which the group signed in 1874. As of 2022, Nekaneet has a registered population of 582. In March of 1999, the Indian Claims Commission performed an inquiry, published under the title, “Inquiry into the Claim of the Nekaneet First Nation.”  This document suggests that the relationship between the Nekaneet First Nation and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation is ambiguous, stating, “The Nekaneet First Nation takes the position that, at the time Treaty 4 was signed by Chief Kahkewistahaw at Fort Qu’Appelle, Foremost Man was the leader of a separate band [Nekaneet].”  Nonetheless, the documents confirms that the Nekaneet First Nation was present on the 1875 and 1876 Treaty 4 paylists for the Kahkewistahaw Band. 

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Works Consulted

Government of Canada; Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Communications Branch, “First Nation Profiles,” fact sheet; resource list, November 14, 2008,

“Indigenous Saskatchewan Encyclopedia | University of Saskatchewan,” accessed November 29, 2022,

Library and Archives Canada, “Indexes of Western First Nations Bands: Languages, Agencies, Inspectorates, and Regional Offices,” August 18, 2022,