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Beardy’s Band: Metis Who Withdrew From Treaty

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell


Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research
Louis Riel Institute

After the Metis Resistance of 1885 was suppressed in May of that year, many Metis who
were band members of Beardy’s Band at Duck Lake left Treaty and applied for Metis
Scrip. Those who left are listed below:

Bousquet, Louise (Lejour) #52


Sakaban dit Lejour, Eliza.
Eliza was born on May 26, 1863 at St Boniface, the daughter of Jean Baptiste
Sakaban dit Lejour and Genevieve St. Denis. She married Cyrille Bousquet, the son of
Michel Bousquet and Louise Vendette on January 10, 1882 at Duck Lake.

Durand, Napaise (b. 1796 – d. 1886)


Also known as Paul dit Nabair Durand dit Dumont he was married to Marie Ahs-Ke-
Kah-um-ah-taht (Cree-Metis). She was a member of Beardy’s Band.

Fayan or Faillon, Annie #52


Sakaban dit Lejour, Anne.
Anne was born in St. Norbert in 1868, the daughter of Jean Baptiste Sakaban dit
Lejour and Genevieve St. Denis. She married Patrice Fagnant dit Faillants, the son of
Louis Fagnant and Madeleine Gariepy on June 2, 1884 at Duck Lake.

Lafonde nee Durand, Isabella #27


Durand, Isabelle (LaFond) (b. 1841). Spouse, Basil LaFond, (1846-1927).
Isabelle was the daughter of Paul dit Nabair Durand dit Dumont and Marie Ahs-Ke-
Kah-um-ah-taht (Cree-Metis). She was a member of Beardy’s Band. Isabelle married
Basile Lafond, the son of Amable LaFond and Marie Racette in 1868 at Battleford.

Lejour nee St. Denis, Genvieve #52


Genevieve St. Denis was the daughter of Jacques St. Denis and Genevieve Durant.
She married Jean Baptiste Sakaban dit Lejour on January 6, 1862 at St. Boniface.

Lejour, Roger #52


Sakaban dit Lejour, Roger.
Roger was born in 1866 in St. Boniface, the son of Jean Baptiste Sakaban dit Lejour
and Genevieve St. Denis. He married Elise Cardinal, the daughter of Alexandre Cardinal
and Elise Moreau before 1888.

Ouelette, Margaret

Robinson, Julia

Sauve nee Belhumeur, Betsy #49


Elizabeth Belhumeur was the daughter of Michel Monet dit Belhumeur and Louise
Gonneville. She married Norbert Sauve born 1849, the son of Norbert Sauve Sr. and
Josephte St. Pierre on November 6, 1871 at Lac la Biche.

Trottier nee Okemasis, Madeleine #2 Okemasis Band


Okemassis, Madeleine (Trottier). Spouse, Charles Trottier Jr. (b. 1865).
Madeleine was the daughter of Chief Xavier Okemassis and Marie Therese Gladu.
Her husband was a Resistance fighter and her father was arrested for treason-felony and
given a conditional discharge.
On June 12, 1887, at Duck Lake, Charles Trottier married Madeleine Okimassis, the
daughter of Xavier Okemassis (Metis) and Marie Therese Gladu (Metis). Okimassis was
a Willow Cree Chief in the Duck Lake area. Charles and his wife lived on the Beardy
Reserve near Duck Lake and were both on the Treaty Pay list of that band.1

Trottier, Margaret (b. 1857) #53


Marguerite Trottier was born on October 4, 1857 near Fort Ellice, the daughter of
Joseph Trottier and Therese Vallee dit Laplante. She married Bernard Paul, the son of
Jean Baptiste Paul and Angelique Godin on June 22, 1885 at Duck Lake.

Trottier, Albert (b. 1860) #53


Albert was born at Fort Ellice in 1860, the son of Joseph Trottier and Therese Vallee
dit Laplante. He married Isabelle Cayan dit Boudreau. In 1878, Albert and other Metis
buffalo hunters at Cypress Hills wrote a petition asking for a special Metis reserve of
land. Albert was on the Treaty Pay list of Muskeg Lake Reserve in 1884. He was a
member of Captain Philippe Gariépy’s company, one of the 19 dizaines led by Gabriel
Dumont during the 1885 Metis Resistance. In 1886 he married Isabelle Cayen dit
Boudreau at Duck Lake. Albert was the nephew of Charles Trottier and the brother of
Charles Jr. and Joseph Trottier.

Trottier, Cuthbert (Corbett). (b. 1862) #53


Corbett was born at Fort Ellice on May 25, 1862, the son of Joseph Trottier and
Therese Vallée dit Laplante. He was the older brother of Charles Jr. and the nephew of
Charles Trottier Sr. In Cloutier’s journal there is a notation that Corbett arrived at Duck
Lake after the fighting had started and the police were in flight from the Metis.2

1
David Lee. “The Metis Militant Rebels of 1885.” Canadian Ethnic Studies, XXI, 3, 1989: 11.
2
Cloutier, op cit, Vol. 1: 78.
Trottier, Joseph (b. 1857) #53
Joseph was the son of Joseph Trottier and Therese Vallée dit Laplante. His father was
a well known buffalo hunter in the west. His two brothers, Charles and Albert, both
fought in the Resistance and his uncle Michael was killed at Batoche. Joseph married
Julie Grossiterre on August 17, 1879 at Duck Lake.

Trottier, Theresa nee Vallee #53


Theresa Vallee dit Laplante was the daughter of Antoine Vallee. She married Joseph
Trottier (b. 1828) in 1852 at St. Boniface.