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Dorion | Cree, Iroquois, Metis, Mixed-heritage: Cree, French | Surname Anchor Post

Index:  Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts

Each of these posts is dedicated to one surname that is carried by someone connected to indigenous, Metis or mixed-heritage people in Canada.  Please be aware that it’s a synthesis of the information I’ve collected in my own research throughout the years and so it remains a work-in-progress!




  • Surname lists: Surname Anchor Posts, Metis (ON)
  • Regions: Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec
  • Ethnicity:  Cree, Iroquois, Metis, Mixed heritage – Cree/French
  • Associated surnames: Archie, Atkinson, Ballendine / Rocheblanc, Bellehumeur, Carriere, Charleau, Chartier, Chretien, Constant, Cook, Dorion, Dusome, Duquette, Flett, Fontaine, Gladu (poss. 1st name), Harty / Hearty, Laliberte, Lamirande, Lapensee / Lapensie, Loway, Mailloux, Madore, Maracle, Martel, McCracken, McDonald, McKay, Mooswap, Morin, Robert, Rowand, Thomas.
  • Misc.:
  • 1. In 1804, Fur trader Pierre Dorion, who had “lived with the Yankton Sioux for twenty years, and … proved to be a gifted interpreter and knowledgeable diplomat” encountered the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Missouri River. Pierre Dorion was engaged by the Expedition ““to act with a flag & some Cloathes & Provisions & instructions to bring about a peace with the Scioux Mahars, Panies, Ponceries, Ottoes & Missouries— and to employ any trader to take Some of the Cheifs of each or as many of those nations as he Could Perticularly the Sceiouex.” [Source: Pierre Dorion, Sr., Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation]
  • 2. Jean-Baptiste Dorion (son of Metis Pierre Dorion and a Shoshoni woman Marie of Iowa) married another Metis Therese Constant at The Pas Mission. Jean-Baptiste Dorion  had been born on the Missouri River , and in 1820/1821 became a North West Company voyageur north of Lake Superior, and then a Hudson’s Bay Company steersman. From 1838 he had a fur trade contract and and plied his trade in the Great Lakes, then the Red River and the Mackenzie, and finally settled at Cumberland House. In 1858, Jean-Baptiste Dorion was listed in the Grand Rapids post accounts. [Source: Jean Baptist Dorion Fur Trade Contract, Leah Dorion & Lawrence Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute].
  • 3. The  Dorion line that is recognized by the Metis Nation of Ontario descends through the offspring of the children of Narcisse Pierre Dorion and Marie Cecile McDonnell (dite Mawiskak): Alexander Dorion (m. Emilie Martel), Caroline Dorion (m. Joseph Lapensee), Narcisse Dorion (m. Unknown surname, Eliza), Julia Dorion (m. Moise Robert), Louisa Dorion (m. William Wright), Mary Dorion (m. John McCracken, Jean Savois), Sophia Dorion (m. Antoine Colton).



The Territories  | Dorions in Athabaska (1901)



Dorions in Manitoba Ext.  |  North Eastern Ext.  (1881)   Mar 2022

Dorions in Nelson  |  Indian Agency  (1921)   Mar 2022



Grand Rapids  (1911)

Dorions in Northwest Territories  |  Indian Reserves 16  (1911)  May 2022

Dorion in York Factory  (1881)     May 2022



Dorions in Laprairie-Napierville  |  Caughnawaga I.R.  (1921)   Mar 2022

Dorions in Pontiac  |  Unorg. Terr.  (1911)



NWT  |  Pas Agency 4  (1901)

NWT  |  The Pas, Cumberland …  (1911)

The Territories  |  Cumberland  (1901)

The Territories | Grand Rapids (1901)   newly indexed May 2022

The Territories  |  Pine Bluff  (1901)

Dorions in Prince Albert  |  Cumberland House 41  (1911)  May 2022

Dorions in Prince Albert  |  Montreal Lake  (1911)  May 2022



BAST   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [ON]  


DOKIS  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [ON-QC-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip] 


LAHO   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [ON]


M …   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]


MARB   [CDN Marriage Extracts]


MOBE  [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  newly indexed May 2022


ROBE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [ON]   Upd. Mar 2022


SAUN …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [QC]   Mar 2022




Main Index: Canadian Census Extracts by Region & by Nation

Index: Canadian Marriage Extracts in Alphabetical Order



French Canadian Pioneers: the Dorions of Quebec



Dorion, Marie (1790?–1850) – The Oregon Encyclopedia





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