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Chief William Yellowhead

Chief William Yellowhead

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Chief William Yellowhead

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The City of Orillia
In Couchiching Beach Park on the right in the trees
just after entering the park on Terry Fox Circle

Coordinates: N 44 36.937 W 79 24.829


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Plaque Text

Born about 1769, Yellowhead (Musquakle) served with the British during the war of 1812. Named Chief of the Deer tribe of the Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indians in 1816, he settled with his band at the site of Orillia in 1830 in accordance with Lieutenant-Governor Colborne's plan for gathering nomadic tribes on reserves. Pressure from white settlers forced the Indians to relinquish their land and Yellowhead's band moved to Rama in 1838-39. It is believed that the Muskoka District, which embraced his hunting grounds, was named after this greatly respected chief who died in 1864 and was buried in St. James' churchyard, Orillia.

Related Ontario plaque
Rama Indian Reserve


First Nations

Orillia Plaques

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