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Memorable Manitobans: François Decoigne

Fur trader.

He was born in Quebec, and he operated near Slave Lake for some time. He moved to Fort Bas-la-Rivière (Fort Alexander, in modern-day Manitoba) in 1806, before returning west. In 1816 he was hired by Colin Robertson to help re-establish the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Athabasca trade, at which assignment he was moderately successful.

More information:

François Decoigne, Dictionary of Canadian Biography V, 236-37.


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

Page revised: 5 March 2008

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