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Fortin | Chipeweyan, Metis, Mixed-heritage: Montagnais | 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 means complete!


  • Regions:  
    • Alberta, Ontario, Quebec,
  • Ethnicity:  
    • Chipeweyan, Metis, Mixed-heritage: Montagnais
  • Associated surnames:  
    • Berard, Davieux, Decoine, Dufour, Filion, Gaudreau, Maltais, Murdock, Paul, Riverin, Skeene, St. Gelais, Guay, Whitford.
  • Misc.: – 
    • One early Metis couple in western Canada were the French Canadian Pierre Berard and a Metis woman Marie Fortin. Metis scrip records show that they were married by 1834.





Victoria | Grand Rapids  (1911)


Chicoutimi & Saguenay | Ouiatchouan  (1901)


BENA [CDN Marriage Extracts]

D  …. [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

DOKIS [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

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

G  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

M … | [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

MOBE [CDN Marriage Extracts [QC]

P  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]

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

French Canadian Pioneers: The Fortins of Quebec

February 14, 2022 - Posted by | . | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Bonsoir to you 🙂 !
    I was wondering if you could help me figure out some things about my family lines?
    In email if possible 🙂 !

    I’ve been searching for indigenous roots in both my paternal and maternal families, but it is very hard to find infos overall.
    Do any of these surnames ring a bell for you? 🙂

    My maternal side is Fortin – Levreault.
    Andre Fortin (from Fortin and a Deneault) with Marguerite Levreault (from Levreault and a Olivier). Grandparents, they lived around St.Bernard / St.Bernard de Lacolle (or more largely, Le Haut-Richelieu / St.Jean sur Richelieu?), Quebec 🙂

    My paternal side is Paris / maybe Parish?? – Boisvert.
    Andre or Benoit (he went by both names) Paris (from Paris and a Tardif) with Suzanne Boisvert (from Boisvert and a Blanchet / Blanchette). Grandparents, they lived around Arthabaska / Victoriaville, Quebec.

    I’m therefore wondering if these people from my family (or maybe their ancestors) could possibly be connected with indigenous roots?

    I was also wondering if you have any kind of info on a Marie Martin “Matchoton”, who (maybe) has some ties to Abraham Martin (the Abraham Plains one)? That man being one of my ancestors 🙂 !
    There seems to be terrible confusion online about whether Marie Martin Matchoton (who was a Huron or metis woman?) was Abraham’s sibling, wife, or daughter (or even, unrelated).

    I know this is quite a lot… Thank you very much / Merci beaucoup for your time 🙂 !
    (I also want to mention how nice your website is!! I’ve been spending hours on it, learning a ton of things 🙂 Very grateful to have found it, and for you to have made it / kept it updated for all these years!)


    Comment by Renard(e) Fortin | March 29, 2022 | Reply

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