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Memorable Manitobans: François-Xavier Letendre (c1841-1901)

Métis leader.

Born in St. Boniface, he moved permanently to the North-West Territories in 1872, founding the village of Batoche. A successful merchant, he initially supported Métis complaints against the federal government but in 1885 disassociated himself from Louis Riel and the militants. He received $19,000 in compensation for losses from the Battle of Batoche. After the uprising he continued to petition for Métis rights, without much success.

More information:

François-Xavier Letendre, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIII, 595-96.


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

Page revised: 24 March 2008

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