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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Cadotte


Possibly of Métis origin, he first appeared as a lieutenant in the Indian Department of Upper Canada in 1814, employed at Michilimackinac. In 1816 he was with the North West Company and was a member of the party that murdered Owen Keveny. He was at Fort Douglas when it was captured by Selkirk’s forces in early 1817, and was set at liberty. He helped to lead the Métis against the Red River Settlement in 1817. He accompanied William Coltman to Montreal later in the year and was eventually indicted for the murder of Keveny, but was never brought to trial. He later worked for the American Fur Company.

More information:

Joseph Cadotte, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VI, 99-101.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 28 July 2008

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