Saddle Lake Cree Nation, was once called Onihcikiskowapowin, meaning: “mirage on the lake”
Saddle Lake has been the meeting place for the Cree People for over 200 years.
It was among the land of the Blackfoot, the Chipewyan, the Beaver and Slavies.
The Lake became the spring gathering place for Cree bands when winter was over.
According to the legends of our Forefathers, a Wihtikow was seen crossing the ice but stopped when he reached open water and sat down on the ice. For a long time people saw him sitting on the ice. Other people saw dog teams or people fishing- everyone knew it was a mirage because it always disappeared.
The name was misteakenly shortened to: “Aspapiwin” or Saddle.