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Isbister | Metis, Cree, Ojibway, Mixed-heritage: Chippewa | | Surname Anchor Post

Index:  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.  


  • Regions:
    •  Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • Ethnicity:  
    • Metis, Cree, Ojibway, Mixed-heritage: Chippewa, Scottish, English
  • Associated surnames:
    • Anderson, Beads, Bear, Beggs, Brown, Curran, Dreaver,  Lambert, Lyons, Moran, Morris, Pratt, Pruden, Saunders, Sinclair, Slater, Smith, Spence, Stevens, Whitford.
  • Misc.: – 
    • 1. In 1872/1873, a government survey was undertaken to determine the precise international border between Canada and the U.S.A.  Part of the survey was assisted by Metis guides and Chippewa men who were employed as scouts.   One of these scouts was Alexandre Isbister (son of John Isbister & Fanny Sinclair) and husband of Emily Saunders, (daughter of Palm Saunders & Jane Forbes) Alexandre Isbister’s father “was a HBC employee at Oxford House and Norway House who left for Red River in 1859” [Source: The Boundary Commission’s Metis Scouts: The 49th Rangers, Larry Haag & Lawrence Barkwell].
    • 2.  James Isbister and Susan Isbister‘s husband Henri Alexandre Sayer,  were involved in the 1885 North-West Resistance (formerly known as The North-West Rebellion).  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. 
    • 3. Isbister is sometimes spelled Isbester.




Vancouver Island  |  Nanaimo South G-1 (1901)


Selkirk  |  Assiniboia a-1 (1901) 

Selkirk  |  Assiniboia a-2  (1901)  

Selkirk  |  St. Andrews L-7 (1901)

Selkirk  |  St. Francois-Xavier n-1 (1901)  

Selkirk  |  St. Laurent (1901)  


The Territories  |  Island Lake (1911) 


Thunder Bay and Rainy River  |  White Dog Post  (1911)


The Territories  |  Carlton  (1901) 

The Territories  |  Colleston | Cree, Mixed (1901)  

The Territories  |  Grand Rapids | Cree, Mixed (1901) 

The Territories  |  Nut Lake (1901) 

The Territories  |  Prince Albert West  (1901)  

The Territories  |  St. Catherine (1901) 


Unorganized Territories  |  Keewatin c-2  (1901) 



ANAH   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

COON    [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

I … [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [MB-ON-Western Canada Metis Scrip]

LAHO  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

LESO  [CDN Marriage Extracts]    [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

SIMO  [CDN Marriage Extracts]    [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

T …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

WHE– Z  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]



Isbister, Alexander Kennedy [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Isbister, John Alexander [Red River Ancestry]

Isbister, William  [Red River Ancestry]

HBC Fort Pelly (63/64), Servants/Free Traders [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

North-West Resistance [The Canadian Encyclopedia]

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




April 26, 2021 - Posted by | . | , , , ,

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