Saskatchewan Gen Web Project Events Posting - SGW - Red River Descendants Reunion 2005

Red River Descendants Reunion

Saskatchewan Gen Web Project Events Posting - SGW

Red River Descendants Reunion

Reunion for descendants from Red River Settlement and Lower Fort Garry - August 13-21, 2005

The Lower Fort Garry Volunteer Association is planning a reunion of the descendants of HBC employees and settlers from the Red River Settlement and Lower Fort Garry. This will be part of the celebrations of the 175th anniversary of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site during 2005-2006.

If you are one of these descendants or you know someone who is, please contact the Committee Chair, Barbara Gessner, at Box 394, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B1 or by e-mail at: or see our website for more information and registration forms: Red River Descendants Reunion 2005

Anticipated activities for the reunion include: activities, bus tours, entertainment, meals, etc. The grand reunion will take place on the last day. A registration fee covering some activities will be charged.


Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:19:48 -0500 From: "Jeanette Jerome" Subject: Reunion of Red River Descendants To:

Saskatchewan Gen Web Project Events Posting - SGW
The following excerpted from Métis - Saskatchewan Genealogy Roots
In the Red River Colony area were Cree, Ojibway, French and English. Hivernants were winterers who would seasonally leave their Red River Valley homes to be nearer the buffalo and then return. The Métis had settled in seignioral fashion along the Saskatchewan river front with long narrow strips expanding away from the river as the family size increased. The Red River Colony was on the St. Lawrence- Great Lakes- Saskatchewan River Route and was a major fur trading center for the North West company (1760-1821).

From 1835-1890 the Métis left the Red River Settlement. Wood Mountain, Moose Jaw Gen Web region, became the new home of 40 families who left St. François Xavier and Pembina in 1869. St. François Xavier Métis also left to the Battleford area in 1869 following the vanishing buffalo herds. There were those who claimed half breed scrip in the South Saskatchewan River Valley and formed settlement places of Duck Lake, St. Laurent (now called St.Laurent-Grandin), St. Louis de Langevin, Batoche and nearby Domremy in the provisional district of Saskatchewan, North West Territories. 187 St. François Xavier Parish Métis left the Red River Colony in 1870 for this area along the South Saskatchewan River. Before 1870 only 30 of this parish had departed. (These areas are in the Saskatoon Region Gen Web Region pages) As well Métis moved south to the U.S.A. and further west to Fort Edmonton. St. Andrews Parish Métis, Red River Colony moved to Victoria, and Saskatchewan River Forks area (Kindersley Gen Web Region). In the Swift Current Gen Web Region, Chimney Coulee near Eastend, Saskatchewan was so named for the chimneys which remained from Métis cabins which were built in the late 1800's. Touchwood Hills and Lebret were two Métis setlements of the Yorkton Gen Web Region. A little further north Métis settled at Perigord (Kamsack Gen Web Region ) Métis left St. Boniface parish, Red River Colony before 1870 which was 12.5% of the parish. Only 7% of the new province of Manitoba remained Métis, 80% of the Métis migrated elsewhere.

See also Table 6: Dispersal and relocation of the Manitoba Métis from The genealogy of the first Metis nation : the development and dispersal of the Red River Settlement,1820-1900 written by Frye, R. P., Sprague, D. N. (Douglas N.), French-Saskatchewan Genealogy Roots and Canadian-Saskatchewan, Métis - Saskatchewan Genealogy Roots and The Story of the Canadian People: The Nor'-Westers oppose the Selkirk settlement and Earl of Selkirk's settlement upon the Red River web pages.