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Memorable Manitobans: George William Sanderson (1846-1936)


Born in Athabasca Landing to a mixed-blood family, he grew up in Portage la Prairie. In 1870 he was part of the Portage party captured by Louis Riel and imprisoned in Upper Fort Garry. According to his autobiography, Thomas Scott was a real nuisance to both his captors and his fellow prisoners. The autobiography, published as “The ‘Memories’ of George William Sanderson,” edited by Irene Spry, Canadian Ethnic Studies 17 (1985); pages 115-34, provides one of our best accounts of frontier mixed-blood life in the years after 1870.


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

Page revised: 25 April 2008

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