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Michel Desjarlais. (1853-1885) Hero of the 1885 Northwest Resistance

Michel was born on May 24, 1853 at St. François Xavier the son of Michel Desjarlais and Julie Bonneau 1 of Lebret. His father, Michel Sr. was one of the Metis hunters who had signed the Half-Breed petition from Lake Qu’Appelle in 1874. Michel Jr. married Louise Hamelin on august 21, 1876 at Lebret. Louise was the daughter of Xavier Hamelin and a Cadotte woman. The couple had five children, three of whom survived childhood.

Michel was Gabriel Dumont’s nephew. He fought at the battle of Tourond’s Coulee. He was wounded on April 24, 1885 and died three days later. It is reported that when Madeleine Dumont and Marie Hallet were nursing him they found a piece of his skull in the straw that he was laying on.

Michel Desjarlais . (1853-1885) Hero of the 1885 Northwest Resistance Michel was born on May 24,

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

1 The daughter of François Bonneau and Marie Favel