Chief Okanase (c.1790 - c.1870)

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Death: Died
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About Chief Okanase

OKANASE (c-1790-c1870) Chief of the Riding Mountain Indian Band

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MEEKIS, OKENASE , OR OUKANNAYSIC (Which means Little Bones)

is the son of Jacques Cardinal. He was baptised Michael Cardinal. He belonged to the historic fur-trading Cardinal family, who, over several generations, worked their way westward from Quebec to the Rockies, usually marrying native or mixed-blood women [Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Keeseekoowenin, son of Chief Okanase and his Orkney-Metis wife] http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/keeseekoowenin_13E.html

Chief Okanase’s sister Margaret married Hudson’s Bay Company trader George Flett. Soon after Flett’s transfer to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) in 1822, Chief Okanase and his band moved from the Bow River to the southwestern slopes of Riding Mountain in Manitoba. Under his progressive leadership, the band lived well by hunting, trapping, and trading with the HBC posts of Fort Ellice and Riding Mountain House. When he died about 1870, his son Mekis succeeded him as chief [Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Biography of Keeseekoowenin, son of Chief Okanase and his Orkney-Metis wife] http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/keeseekoowenin_13E.html

MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN

As was customary among prominent native men, he had more than one wife: (1) Sons of his Stoney wife included Louis O’Soup, St Paul (perhaps Jean-Baptiste Lolo, also known as St Paul), and Mekis (Eagle (2) to his Métis wife were born George, John, William, and Antoine Bone. Keeseekoowenin’s full brothers were Yellowhead (Wabaso, Blonde) and Baptiste Bone (Baptiste Okanase) [Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Keeseekoowenin, son of Chief Okanase and his Orkney-Metis wife] http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/keeseekoowenin_13E.html

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KEESEEKOOWENIN OJIBWAY FIRST NATION

When Treaty 2 was signed in 1871 the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation was known as the Riding Mountain Band, because they lived in the Riding Mountains, but they were sometimes also referred to as the Okanase Band, a name that derives from Michael Cardinal, who was also known as Okanase, or Oukannaysic (Which means Little Bones). When Okanase died in about 1870, his son Mekis (The Eagle) became chief and at this time they were spoken of as the Mekis of Treaty. When Mekis died, during the winter of 1874-75, his half-brother Keeseekoowenin became chief, and they were known as Keeseekoowenin's Band [Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeseekoowenin_Ojibway_First_Nation

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Cheif Okanase's Timeline

1790
1790
1798
1798
Age 8
1818
1818
Age 28
Bow River Region, Manitoba, Canada
1824
1824
Age 34
1832
1832
Age 42
Red Pheasant Indian Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada
1839
1839
Age 49
1870
1870
Age 80
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