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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Erasmus (1833-1931)

Guide and interpreter.

Born in Kildonan, he worked for the missionaries Henry Steinhauer and George McDougall in the North. He also served as a guide for the Palliser expedition in 1858-59, working the scientific instruments for Dr. James Hector in the Rocky Mountains. In August, 1859 he left the expedition to search for gold, for which he later apologized to Hector. He was interpreter at the signing of Treaty Six in 1876, and was still working as a Cree interpreter in 1913.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 7 March 2008

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