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Fagnant | Metis, Cree, Chippewa, 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 personal research throughout the years and is by no way complete!


  • Surname lists: Surname Anchor Posts
  • Regions:  Alberta, Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • Ethnicity:  Metis, Cree, Chippewa, Mixed-heritage: Cree, French
  • Associated surnames: Beaudry, Boucher, Bonneau, Bourassa, Cayole / Dumont, Chartrand, de Montigny, Desjarlais, Desnomme, Duceppe, Ducharme, Gariepy, Gladu, Gonneville, Klyne, L’Allemand, Lapierre, Laplante, Ledoux, Leduc, Lejour, Lemire, Letendre, McGillis, Monette,  Parisien, Paul, Pelletier, Plante, St. Denis, Swan, Trottier.
  • Misc.:  1. Variations of the Fagnant surname include Fayant & Faillant.  2. The Fagnant surname in Western Canada stretches back to before the Metis couple Antoine Fagnant and Josephte Pelletier, and continues through their children: Antoine Fagnant (m. Brigitte Desjarlais, and then Marie Ledoux) and Sophie Fagnant (m. Joseph Houle). 2. Variations of the Fagnant surname include Fayant & Faillant.  3. There were many Metis Fagnants  (or their spouses) involved in the 1885 North-West  Resistance (formerly known as The North-West Rebellion). They include: Charles Fagnant, Cutbert / Corbette Fagnant (m. Isabelle McGillis), Cuthbert Fagnant Jr. (m. Marie Letendre), Guillaume Fagnant, John Fagnant (m. Helene Letendre), Josephte Fagnant (m. Andre Desjarlais), Madeleine Fagnant (m. William Letendre), Patrice Fagnant / Faillants (m. Anne Sakaban / Lejour), Rose Fagnant (m. Romuel Gariepy), and finally Athanse Falcon (m. Nancy Parisien), Captain of the Turtleford (Horse Butte) Metis. The 1885 North-West Resistance included Metis and other indigenous peoples (Cree, Kainai, Piikani, Saulteaux and Siksika) and was in response to broken treaties, starvation and encroachment on their lands by new settlers in what are now Saskatchewan and Alberta. The resistance fighters were defeated and Canada’s federal government asserted its control over the area.    [Source: Veterans and Families of the 1885  Northwest Resistance, Lawrence Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute]. See External Links  below for more information. 



Edmonton West  | Indian Reserve  (1921)  Faillant

The Territories  |  White Whale Lake  (1901)  Faillant


Dauphin  |  Fagnans in Townships 32  (1911)

Unorganized Territories  |  Marquette S-6  (1901) 


The Territories  |  Assiniboia E.  |  Fort Qu’Appelle (1901) 

The Territories  |  Assiniboia W.   |  Fayants in Dundern   (1901)

The Territories  |  Assiniboia W. |  Willowbunch  (1901) 

The Territories  |  Duck Lake (1901) 

The Territories  |  File Hills  (1901)    Fagnan


BLAN   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [SK]  Fagnant

CARI   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant, Fayant

DELM   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

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

F …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [AB-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant, Fayant  Apr 2022

G  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

GIRO  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

LAHO   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

LAUG  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fayant

MCCU   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

P … [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fayant

PETE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [AB-Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fayant

PIGE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [SK]  Fagnant

SNOW   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant

THOR   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  Fagnant



Main Index: Canadian Census Extracts by Region & by Nation

Index: Canadian Marriage Extracts in Alphabetical Order

Index: First Nations and Metis Surname Lists


Fagnant, Alexandre [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

North-West Resistance [The Canadian Encyclopedia]

Veterans and Families of the 1885  Northwest Resistance [Louis Riel Institute]

December 13, 2020 - Posted by | . | , , , , ,

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