Many small Métis (mixed European French-Indian), communities came into existence during the fur trade era. Most communities were located near established fur trade posts situated along the old voyageur canoe routes, widely scattered across the Great Lakes regions. One of these posts was located at Sault Ste. Marie.
The community buildings at Sault Ste. Marie during the period up to and including the war offered no reliable clues to the ethnicity of their occupants. Extended French families lived together in one log house which were lathed and plastered , or indigenous-style longhouses.
Métis community members often worked in a variety of occupations…..
• fishing at the rapids
• producing agricultural supplies, sufficient to feed transient traders
• acting as river pilots, guides, interpreters and fur traders
• working as loggers and sawyers
• as general labourers