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Memorable Manitobans: Jean-Baptiste Nolin (c1742-1826)

Fur trader.

For many years he controlled the fur trade in the region of the Sault as agent for the North West Company. In 1816 Lord Selkirk met him and urged that he and his family settle in Red River. In 1819, with the aid of many inducements from Selkirk, he did so, moving to Pembina. When the Pembina post and settlement were closed by John Halkett in 1823, Nolin and his family moved to St. Boniface, where in his later years he lodged with Bishop Provencher. His daughters opened the first girls’ school in Western Canada in 1829 at St. Boniface.

More information:

“The ‘Misses Nolin’ of Red River” by Donald Chaput, The Beaver, (Winter 1975), pages 14-17.

Jean-Baptiste Nolin, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VI, 546-48.


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

Page revised: 12 April 2008

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