Weak City, Manitoba: Métis Road Allowance Community

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Title: Weak City, Manitoba: Métis Road Allowance Community
Creator: Barkwell, Lawrence
Subject: Métis History, Road Allowance
Description: Weak City was a Métis road allowance community in St. Charles, Manitoba located close to the present day Perimeter Highway bridge on the west side of St. Charles. It had existed there since the 1820s, located next to a buffalo crossing that later was the site for the ferry. It was situated on what was later surveyed as River Lot 73. Many Métis families lived here but the primary families squatting there were those of Jean Baptiste Branconnier and Pierre and Adelaide Morrissette. The community history recorded by the La Fleche family says: “Many Métis families lived here, and they worked for the surrounding farmers, especially during harvest. Some of them were ferrymen at St. Charles.” The Métis families had livestock, chickens and pigs. They cut cord wood to supplement their income. By the 1940s most of the Métis families had sold their land and moved to Charleswood.
Publisher: Louis Riel Institute
Type: Text Document
Language: English
Date of Copyright: January 28, 2009
Coverage: Manitoba
GDI Media Filename: Weak City.pdf

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