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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Nolin (?-?)

Interpreter.

Probably born in Sault Ste. Marie, he was engaged for the Hudson’s Bay Company by Colin Robertson in 1815, and he accompanied Robertson to Red River, acting as interpreter there. Robertson regarded Nolin as the only Canadian with “any talent for secret service,” but did not trust him. Nolin made a deposition about Seven Oaks in 1816 and provided information about early flooding in the region. He accompanied the invasion party led by Proteus D’Orsonnens to Fort Douglas in the winter of 1816-17. He was acquitted with Robertson in 1818 of charges of the destruction of Fort Gibraltar, and he returned to the settlement, where he operated as a private trader.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2014

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