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Penetanguishene Metis Petition of 18401:

A petition of the Metis residing in the Town of Penetanguishene to the Governor General, dated January 27, 1840, The petition of the undersigned half breeds residing in the Town of Penetanguishene, humbly sheweth, That your Petitioners, have always proved themselves, to be good and loyal Subjects, and a number of them when Calld upon, have served in the Militia, and will always be ready at any Call when their services may again be required. That your Petitioners are generally speaking, in poor circumstances, and that they do not share in any advantage in presents issued to the Indians as a number of the half breeds, from the Sault St. Marie (sic) and other places on the shores of Lake Huron have done for the last two years. Therefore your Petitioners most humbly beg your Excellency will take their case under your Excellency's consideration and that your Excellency would be pleased to allow them to have the same advantages that persons of the same class (living at the Sault St. Marie (sic) and other places on the shores of Lake Huron), derive from the issue of Indian presents to them and their families. The 22 petitioners, who all signed with their mark were: Beausoleil, Alexis Blette, Pierre Frechette, Baptist Geroux, Pierre Labatte, Louis Labatte, Michel Lalonde, J. B. Langlade, Charles Jr. Langlade, Charles Sr. Lavalle, Joseph Payette, Ignace Payette, Louis St. Onge, Antoine St. Onge, Joseph St. Onge, Toussaint Thibeau, Joseph Toms, Thomas Trudeau, Antoine
PAC, Indian Affairs Records, RG10, vol. 72, Reel C-6878, pp. 67089-90. Cited in Micheline Marchand and Daniel Marchildon, From the Straits of Mackinac to Georgian Bay: 300 Years of Metis History, Mactier, ON: Moon River Metis Council, 2006: 61.

Trudeau, J. B. Trudeau, Joseph Vasseur, Andr Vasseur, Charles At the time Samuel Jarvis, the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, was of the view that the Metis should be included in the present giving since in practice some were included while others were excluded.