Grant, Cuthbert National Historic Person
St. François Xavier, Manitoba
South side of Highway 26 at Paul St., St. François Xavier, Manitoba
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1793 to 1854
Métis leader at Battle of Seven Oaks (1816), Warden of the Plains for Hudson's Bay Company
Existing plaque: South side of Highway 26 at Paul St., St. François Xavier, Manitoba
Son of a Scots trader and an Indian mother, Grant became a clerk in the North West Company and leader of the Métis in their struggle against the Selkirk Settlement and the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1816 he led the party which killed Governor Semple and his followers at Seven Oaks and captured Fort Douglas; but after 1821 he became reconciled with the colony. The Company named him 'Warden of the Plains', and charged him with keeping order on the southern prairies. In 1839 he became Councillor of Assiniboia and magistrate, capping a life dedicated to the native people of the West.