Metis Ancestors

Louis Riel

Louis Riel, known as the ‘Father of Manitoba’ was a Canadian politician elected to the House of Commons 3 times. He was a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political leader of the Métis people of Canada.

Mary Mackagonne

Mary canoed alongside her husband, Peter Fidler, surveying Canada, and helping to build HBC forts. Mary self-delivered and cared for their 14 Métis Children.

John Peter Pruden

John Peter Pruden travelled across Canada and suggested the name of Edmonton. He became a Hudson’s Bay Company chief factor and councillor of Assiniboia.

Marie-Anne Lagimodiere

The grandmother of Louis Riel, and the first woman of European descent to travel to and settle in Western Canada. Marie-Anne traveled from eastern Quebec to Edmonton, Alberta. She eventually settled her family at the Red River Colony, now known as Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Marguerite Monet dit Belhumeur

Marguerite lived a short life from 1861-1886 (25 years). During this time, she married Louis Riel, traveled from Montana across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, living off the land to provide for her three children.

Madeline Wilkie

Madeleine married Gabriel Dumont, and adopted 2 children. She would travel alone from Batoche to Winnipeg to sell furs. She became a teacher for the children of Batoche.

John Norquay

John Norquay served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Manitoba from 1870-1889. He served as the Premier of Manitoba from 1878 to1887. He was the first Métis Premier in Canada.

James Bird

James “Jemmy Jock” Bird was a guide, fur trader, interpreter, hunter, and trapper. He was able to speak English, French and five Indigenous languages.

Gabriel Dumont

Dumont was a fur trader, marksman, politician, and he was highly skilled in horsemanship. He is best known for his military leadership during the battles of Batoche, Fish Creek, and Duck Lake.

Douglas Thomas Earl

Dumont was a fur trader, marksman, politician, and he was highly skilled in horsemanship. He is best known for his military leadership during the battles of Batoche, Fish Creek, and Duck Lake.

Cuthbert Grant Jr. 

A prominent Métis leader during the Pemmican Proclamation, a struggle between the ‘Nor’westers’ and The Hudson Bay Company. In 1828, he was in charge of the defence for the Red River Colony.

Charlotte Small

Charlotte Small traveled with her husband, David Thompson, surveying Canada for the North West Company. They had 13 children while traveling from British Columbia to Quebec.

Alexander Henry

One of the leading pioneers of the fur trade, Alexander Henry traded between the English, French, and Ojibway nations. He lived with and was adopted by an Ojibway chief. He became a partner in the North West Company and he founded the Beaver Club.