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

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:
    • Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
  • Ethnicity:  
    • Metis, Mixed-heritage: French, Cree
  • Associated surnames:
    • Adam, Amyot / Amiotte, Bellegarde, Bonneau, Bottineau, Breland / Berland, Bremner, Brien, Brillere / Breyere / Briere / Bruyere, Bruneau, Calliou, Caplette, Cardinal, Champagne, Collin, Cyr, Dauphinais, Deegan, Desjarlais, Dion, Ducharme, Fagnant, Falcon, Fisher, Flammand, George, Gladu, Grant, Hamelin, Klyne, Laboucane, Lafontaine, Lafournaise, Laframboise, Laverdure, Lebrun, Ledoux, Leveille, Maclure, Mallaterre, McGillis, McIsaac, McKay, Millet dit Beauchemin, Muzzini, Nandery, Ouellette, Page, Parisien, Paul, Penase / Pinesi, Plante, Rainville, Riel, Rolette, Ross, Simpson, St. Denis, St. Germain, Taillefer, Tanner, Thorn, Vandale, Well, Welsh
  • Misc.:
    • 1. More than ten Poitras men, or the spouses of Poitras women, were associated with the Metis Resistance of 1885. They were: Amelie Poitras (m. George Fisher), David Poitras (m. Magdelene St. Denis), Elise Louise Poitras (m. Pierre Vandal), Helene Poitras (m. Pierre Ledoux), Ignace Zenon Poitras Sr. (m. Helene McGillis), Ignace Zenon Poitras Jr. (m. Florence Dubois), Isabelle Poitras (m. Modeste McGillis), Jean Baptiste Poitras, Joseph B. Poitras, Maxime Poitras and Michel Poitras (and Elizabeth Henry).
    • 2. The 1885 North-West Resistance by the Metis and the Cree, Kainai, Piikani, Saulteaux and Siksika peoples took place against a backdrop of starvation, broken treaties and encroachment by new settlers in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The resistance fighters eventually lost 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].
    • 3. Scroll down to External Links for Poitras Metis biographies.




Edmonton  |  Township 76  (1911)

The Territories  |  Medicine Hat North N(1)  (1901) 

The Territories  |  Duhamel   (1901)

The Territories  |  Unorganized Territories  |  Athabaska a-4 (1901)  

Victoria  |  Fort Chipewyan (1911)  

Victoria  | Townships 52  (1911)  


Brandon  |  Cameron d-4  (1901) 

Brandon  |  Poytras in Morton  (1901) 

Provencher  |  St. Boniface (N-1)  (1901) 

Provencher  |  St. Vital & St. Boniface Parish  (1911)


NWT  |  Poitras in Fort Providence  (1911)

Saltcoats  |  Poitras in File Hills Reserve (1911)

Saltcoats  |  Poitras in Qu’Appelle Reserve (1911)

The Territories  |  Batoche (1901)

The Territories  |  Bresaylor  (1901) 

The Territories  |  Egg Lake (1901)

The Territories  |  File Hills  (1901)

The Territories  |  Fond du Lac  (1911)



A  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [SK]

BAST   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip-SK]

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

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

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

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

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

F  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]

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

KASA   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-Western Canada Metis Scrip]

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

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

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

M …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK]

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

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

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

PIGE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [AB-MB-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]

R  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB]

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

SIMO   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK]

ST. ..   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

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

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

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

W  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK]



French Canadian Pioneers: The Poitras of Quebec



North-West Resistance [The Canadian Encyclopedia]

Poitras, Henry “Sus-swain” Chasseur [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Poitras, Ignace Zenon Sr. [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Poitras, Joseph B. [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Poitras, Pierre Jr. [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Poitras, Pierre Sr. [Gabriel Dumont Institute]



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