Born around 1820, son of Joseph Lafournaise of St. Eustache (MB) and Suzanne Leclerc, Métis (married in St. Boniface, MB), Gabriel married Suzanne Collin in 1842; he died in 1910.
He was a member (leader) in the 49th Rangers of the Boundary Commission of 1873-74, which consisted of 30 Metis half-breeds who served as guides, interpreters, hunters, and diplomats with the native tribes in the first survey of the Canada/US border from Red River to the Rocky mountains since the signing of Manitoba into confederation.
He was also a participant in the Battle at Batoch, along with several of his family members.
Gabriel was finally enrolled as a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa indians of North Dakota where descendants of his family still live to this day.
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