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From: "Lauraine Syrnick" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Metis (May-tee) in Canada
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 17:10:30 -0600
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You have definitely told this story better. Many of the Native wives were
known as "country" wives simply because there was no priest or minister to
bless or make the marriage official.
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From: "chuber" <>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 4:46 PM
Subject: [Q-R] Metis (May-tee) in Canada
>A fine day to all!
> In Northwestern Ontario and the Prairies in Canada, there were a large
> number of Scot and Cree or Ojibwa mixes. Lots of mixing with the French
> West too.
> In the town and area of Fort Frances, Ontario, pop. 8000, there must be at
> least 500 folk of Scot/Native extraction, probably more.
> (LaVerendrye, the explorer and fur trader from Quebec, built a fort at
> Frances, on the Minnesota border, in 1731. He also built forts at Winnipeg
> and Portage La Prairie)
> A lot of Scots, (Calders, Armits, Rosses, Hills) including those from the
> Orkneys, Hebrides, and Shetlands, came over to work for the Hudson Bay
> Company west of Lake Nipigon Ontario, and west and north of Lake Superior
> into Manitoba.
> Many had two wives, one from back home, and one Native,
> Many who stayed in Canada did marry the native women.
> Manitoba was brought into the Canadian confederation as a province in 1870
> under the guidance of the provisional government of Louis Riel, himself a
> In Ontario, the Metis are recognized as a culture group with some fishing
> and hunting rights similar to those of the Amerindians.
> the best to all,
> Cliff of Kakabeka Falls
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