My direct ancestor, Louis.
He came from a long line of Métis. From East to West, uniting Indigenous Peoples.
From the union of our earlier ancestor, French Settler Jean (1636-1671) and Catherine Anenonta (1649-1709), Attignawantan – People of the Bear, comes a long line of Métis.
For over 100 years, each generation explored the waterways West of Kahnawáʼkye – Big Waterway.
Born in Berthier in Lanaudière, Louis, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, traveled to and from the Western part of Gichi gumi – Lake Superior.
In 1803, he would take contract to travel further West to Gojiji-zaaga’igan – Lac à la Pluie
In a book by Joachim Fromhold titled: Pakisimotan Wi Iniwak – The Western Cree, a written history of Jacques Cardinal – one of the first of the famed Mountain Men of the West, we find several passages referring to Louis.
It appears from these memoirs that Louis traveled to Iyaghchi Eennu Sipi – Lesser Slave River and Atikameg – Tête-Blanche – Whitefish:
Niw’hk’m’kanak – All Our Relations.