Vantage Points Series: The Metis




American Forts on the Souris River  
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Vol.  III, Page 17
The American Fur Company’s attempt to lay claim to the furs along the Souris River
About 1810 - 1828
Ash House  
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Vol.  I, Page 9
Ash House was built on the north shore of the Souris as a canoe fort.
1795 - 1797
Billy's Point   
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Vol.  I, Page 32

William (Billy) Gosselin, a descendant of the Red River Métis, moved from North Dakota to homestead in Manitoba.
Ducharme Property   
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Vol. I, Page 33
One homestead on the northern slopes of Turtle Mountain, about 11 kms southwest of Boissevain, is where two Métis brothers settled sometime in the early 1920s.
Fort Desjarlais  
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Vol.  I, Page 13
Fort Desjarlais is remembered today as the most prominent and successful of the Souris River trading posts.
Fort Mr. Grant  
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Vol.  I, Page 12
Fort Mr. Grant was built sometime between 1824 and 1826 on the Souris River near Hartney.
Lauder Sandhills  
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Vol. I, Page 3
The creation, habitiation and settlement of a unique area.
Lena House  
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Vol.  I, Page 10

1801 – 1802
Lena House is one of two fur trading posts which were located on Turtle Mountain, though its exact location has never been determined.
Mandan Trail   
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Vol.  I Page 5

The explorer LaVérendrye used the Mandan Trail on his expedition in 1738 to visit the Mandan villages along the Missouri, thus the trail quite possibly existed prior to the fur trade era.
Manitoba's Borders    
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Vol.  II, Page 43

The original size of the province was only one-eighteenth its present size. It was referred to as the “postage stamp” province due to its square shape.

Métis Intermediaries
 
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Vol.  III, Page 20

Métis interpreters, present during the signing of Canada’s early Numbered Treaties and an integral part of the Boundary Commission Survey, were more than mere translators – they were peacekeepers and diplomats.
1872—1877
Métis Wintering Communities  
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Vol.  I, Page 16

1840s – 1870s
A wintering community generally consisted of hunters and their families and a few Métis fur traders.
Rise of the Métis Identity    
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Vol.  II, Page 6

1801 – 1802
The western plains in the 18th and 19th centuries presented specific conditions into which the Métis rose as a political and cultural identity.
Marsden Schools    
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Vol.  I, Page 38

1801 – 1802
The school became an important feature to the Métis community and helped local people affirm their heritage in this area by being its only Métis school. It doubled by serving as a community centre and dance hall as well.
McCharles Cabin     
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Vol. I, Page 39

Around 1941, a small house was built by a Métis family just to the north of Lake Dromore. The cabin, constructed from square-cut local black poplar logs, has weathered the years well and remains as a window into an important time and way of life.
Métis Bison Hunts   
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Vol.  I, Page 15

1820s – 1870s
The Red River Métis began their organised bison hunts soon after 1820. It didn't take long for the hunts to become a central feature of the Métis way of life as they provided the Métis with their principle source of income for several decades.
Red River Jig    
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Vol.  II, Page 9

1801 – 1802
The steps of the Red River Jig are influenced by the First Nation pow-wow, while at the same time contain the essentials of Scottish and Irish traditional dances.
Old Wakopa     
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Vol. III, Page 24
The first “stopping place” for settlers heading west
1877—1886


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