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Memorable Manitobans: William Prince (?-1918)

Aboriginal guide and chief.

Born near Selkirk, Manitoba, the grandson of Peguis, Saulteaux Chieftain. In 1870, as a young man, he met the first Red River expedition at Fort Frances and was the steersman of the canoe that carried Sir Garnet Wolseley through the Lake of the Woods and down the Winnipeg River to Fort Garry.

In 1884, at the request of Lord Wolseley, he led a score of volunteers to steer the boats of the Gordon Relief expedition up the Nile to Khartoum.

Prince died at Fisher River, Manitoba, February 1918.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 1 September 2008

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