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Champagne | Metis, Algonquin, Mixed-heritage: Cree, Iroquois | Surname Notes

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 means complete!


  • Surname lists: Surname Anchor Posts
  • Regions:  Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, The Territories, Western Canada
  • Ethnicity:  Metis, Algonquin, Mixed-heritage: Cree, Iroquois
  • Associated surnames:  Azure, Beauchamp, Beaugrand, Bonneau, Brunet, Cardinal, Carriere, Chabot, Courtois / Comtois, Dumont, Gosselin, Harrison, Hupe / Huppe, Johnson / Vincent / Teionerat, Kannhetar / Perthuis / Norton, Laderoute, Lafournaise, Larocque, Laronde / Delaronde, Leborgne, Letendre, Ouellette, Parenteau, Parisien, Poitras, Rufiange, Simon / Cimon, Sky / Taronkowa, Vandal.
  • Misc.:
  • 1. Joseph Champagne (son of Eloi Champagne & Marie Bourgeois) and Marie Auxile Simon (daughter of Amable Simon / Cimon and Virginie Vezeau) were an early Algonquin couple who carried the Champagne surname.
  • 2. The Metis Champagnes were Metis buffalo hunters (and eventually prominent in the Resistance) and descended from Emmanuel Beaugrand dit Champagne and Marguerite Larocque. The Champagnes were among the founders of Batoche and had a store there.
  • 3. Buffalo hunter Jean Baptiste Champagne (parents – Emmanuel Beaugrand dit Champagne and Marguerite Larocque, wives – Isabelle ParisienElize LaverdureMarguerite Vallee) sat on Riel’s Council, took part in the 1885 Resistance, was arrested, pled guilty and received a conditional discharge. Champagne’s family belonged to the Turtle Mountain Band and he received scrip under the Red Lake and Pembina Band Treaty. [Source: Jean Baptiste Champagne, Lawrence Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute].
  • 4. Pierre Champagne (another son of Emmanuel Champagne and Marguerite Larocque) was married to Marguerite Beauchamp. They had seven children including the following who married: Charles Champagne (m. Mary Jane Miller), Francois Xavier Champagne (m. Melanie Cyr), (m. Joseph Champagne (m. Philomene Harrison) and Julienne Champagne (m. Prosper Nault).
  • 5. 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. There were many Champagne dit Beauregards who were involved in the Resistance: Ambroise Champagne (m. Judith Frederick), Bazile Cleophas (m. Elise Lafournaise), Elise Champagne (m. Jean Baptiste Parenteau), Elizabeth Champagne (m. Joseph Vandal), Emmanuel Champagne (m. Marie Letendre), Legaire Champagne, Marie Champagne (m. Alexander Gosselin), Nazaire / Noel Champagne and Pierre Champagne (m. Marguerite Beauchamp). [Source: Veterans and Families of the 1885  Northwest Resistance, Lawrence Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute].
  • 6. The Pembina Metis fur trader, farmer and business man Emmanuel Champagne dit Beaugrand (parents – Emmanuel Champagne / Beaugrand and Marguerite Larocque, wife – Marie Letendre) had an important role in the Resistance including membership on Riel’s Council at Batoche. This is Father Andre’s testimony at his trial “Emmanuel Champagne I have known since 1861. He was then a resident of Dakota and was doing a considerable business at Pembina during the horrors of the Sioux massacres in 1862, and has a wife and seven children. Champagne saved the lives of many white men and women at the risk of his own life and property, and is gratefully remembered by many of the white people of Dakota to this day. After living in the Red River Settlement and Manitoba, respected for many years, he came to the Saskatchewan about six years ago, and lived at Batoche, where he had a very fine place and a large business. I believe he was worth at least twenty-five thousand dollars—today he is a ruined man. When Riel proposed to the old man to join the movement of the Half-Breed rights he promptly refused to do so. Persuasion of all kinds failed to induce him to go in with Riel. When Riel and his followers came to Batoche, Champagne was again solicited to join the movement, and, on positively refusing to do so, threats were used instead of sweet words… and by threats of force the old man was kept there, but he acted as he always had done, defended those who were in danger. To him Tom McKay owes his liberty, if not his life, and to McKay’s being at liberty the Government of Canada owes the fact, to a great extent, of the speedy suppression of the rebellion. I have no hesitation in declaring that Champagne, instead of being in prison as a malefactor, ought to be distinguished by the Government as one who was loyal and true to his Queen and country in a time of trying danger. One thing is certain—a very short time longer in prison, and death will deliver him, as he is sick, old and failing fast (Champagne lived until 1904). (CSP, 1886, Vol. 13, p. 383)” [Source: Emmanuel Champagne dit Beaugrand: 1885 Resistance Activist, Lawrence Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute]
  • 7. The Rufiange Champagne surname appears among the Mohawk of Kahnawake.



Battleford | Battleford Indian Agency …  (1911)

The Territories | Batoche (1901) 

The Territories | Bellevue (1901)


Provencher  |  La Broquerie e-3  (1901) 

Provencher  |  Township 8  (1911) 


Nipissing, Indian Reserve  (1921)


Assiniboia West | Willowbunch  (1901) 



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

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

BRAS [CDN Marriage Extracts]

CARI [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-QC-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]

CLOU  [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

D  …. [CDN Marriage Extracts] [Western Canada Metis Scrip]

DOKIS [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

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

JACQ [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

KANA [CDN Marriage Extracts]

LAUG   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

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

SIMO [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

T … [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

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


Main Index: Canadian Census Extracts by Region & by Nation

Index: Canadian Marriage Extracts in Alphabetical Order


The Caughnawaga Troubles (1878) | Surnames: … Boulrice, Champagne

Delisle & Kakwirahes / Leborgne of Kahnawake

French Canadian Pioneers: The Champagnes of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Beaugrands of Quebec


North-West Resistance [The Canadian Encyclopedia]

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