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The Northern Lake Superior Historic Métis Community

The Historic Northern Lake Superior Métis Community comprises the northern portion of the Upper Great Lakes Métis, which included the small, interconnected settlements and villages around Michipicoten River, Pic River, Fort William, Nipigon House, and Long Lake.


The Métis in this part of the Upper Great Lakes lived at the transition point of the old fur trade routes between the waterways of the Great Lakes and those in northern Ontario. Michipicoten was the southern link between Lake Superior and James Bay (via the Missinaibi and Moose Rivers), while Fort William was the middle point along the route from Montreal to Red River. As a result, Métis connections extended both north and west.


While much of the Historic Northern Lake Superior Métis Community centred around the fur trade posts at Fort William and Michipicoten, Métis families lived throughout the northern shore of Lake Superior, and north towards Lake Nipigon.


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