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Mose Napolon Ouellette.

(1840-1911) Mose Ouelette has gone down in history as one of the men who accompanied Gabriel Dumont to Montana in 1884 to bring Louis Riel back to Canada. Riel stayed for a time with the Ouelettes on his return to Canada. Mose was the son of Joseph Ouelette Jr. and Thrse Elizabeth Houle. Joseph was killed at the Battle of Batoche. Mose Ouelette was married to Isabelle Dumont, the sister of Gabriel Dumont. Her parents were Isidore Dumont Sr. and Louise Laframboise. Additionally, Gabriel Dumonts brother Elie, was married to Ouelettes sister Francoise Ouelette. Mose and Elizabeth had 10 children; they were:

Marguerite, married Maxime Collin. Elise, born circa 1864, married Daniel William Hamelin. Marianne, born January 15, 1865 at St. Norbert, married Joseph A. Bremner. Therese, born 1867, died 1900 at Batoche. Rose Marie, born April 20, 1868 at St. Norbert, married Solomon Boucher, the son of Jean Baptiste Boucher and Caroline Lesperance. Marie Jane, born August 14, 1870 at St. Norbert, married Charles Racette. Angle, born January 28, 1873 at Fish Creek, married Chrysostome Boyer. Mose Jr., born January 18, 1877 at St. Laurent, married Marie Florestine Boyer. Jean-Baptiste, born March 3, 1879 at St. Laurent, married Virginie Gervais. Marie Florestine, born February 6, 1881 at St. Laurent, married Ambroise Gervais. Virginie, born February 13, 1883 at St. Laurent, married Jean Joseph Gervais.

The family lived for a time at St. Norbert where they were enumerated in the 1870 census; Mose was listed as a farmer and trader. Subsequently they moved to St. Laurent in the South Saskatchewan valley. Mose was elected as a St. Laurent (South Saskatchewan) Council member in 1873 and 1874. Gabriel Dumont led this council; the other councillors were Isidore Dumont, Pierre Gariepy, and Jean Baptiste Hamelin. Mise was involved in the effort to gain Metis control of education. In 1877, the Metis lobbied to move the church run mission school from the west side of the South Saskatchewan River to the east side where most of the Metis people lived. Later he was involved in the 1885 Resistance at Duck Lake with Dumont. He was a member of Riels 16 man Council (Exovedate) at Batoche during the 1885 Resistance. On August 14, 1885 at Regina, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for his part in the Resistance. In 1889, a committee was established under Ouelettes direction to gather contributions to establish a monument to the fallen Metis and Indian warriors of 1885. In 1901, this monument was erected. In his testimony of August 13, 1885 at the Regina trial Father Alexis Andre says: Mose Ouelette I know for twenty-five years. He is not a man of much intelligence. He has a very large family of eleven children and his wife and is their sole support. He assisted Lpine and Ross; and Ouelette from the beginning, opposed violence in every way possible, and they did all they could to prevent rebellion and any resort to arms. This may be seen in Riels prayers, when he prays to God to change Ouelette and the others. Ouelette was the man who carried General Middletons letter to Riel, for which he was promised considerations. He is about forty-five years of age. (CSP, 1886, Vol. 13, p.


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