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  • George Davis

    George DavisGeorge was born in 1932 and raised on the Saulteau First Nation. His parents were the late Philip Davis and Madeline Desjarlais. Trapping and hunting near Jackfish Lake and Graves Creek was his way of life. George’s wife was the late Janet Campbell from the Kelly Lake area. They didn’t have any children, but raised foster children. George worked in the logging business at portable sawmills in the area using crosscut saws and horse logging. He also worked for farmers in the area stooking bundles in the fields and picking rocks. Their mode of transportation was by a team of horses and wagon. They often rode horses seven miles to school. George was a hunting guide in the mountains for 40 years. He also participated in rodeos and was a bareback cowboy who rode for money, not trophies or buckles.

  • Melvin Davis

    Melvin DavisMelvin’s great grandfather moved to Moberly Lake from the prairies. Growing up, Melvin trapped and hunted about ten miles from Moberly Lake. He trapped muskrats, squirrels, and marmots. Any meat he caught was made into dry meat so it would keep, or in the wintertime, some meat was left outside so it would freeze. Melvin’s family didn’t have a stove so they cooked over a fire. Depending on where they were, they would cook over campfires and in teepees.

  • Virginia Davis-Lalonde

    Virginia Davis-LalondeVirginia was born near the Moberly Lake bridge in 1924. Her mother was Madeline Desjarlais and her dad was Philip Davis. They lived at the east end of Moberly Lake, called ‘Sagitawa’. They lived in a log house near her grandparents, Eva Calliou and James Desjarlais. When Virginia was seven years old her family moved to the ‘flats’ area. She went to school for three years. It was a long way to go, so they often rode horseback to school. Her dad was a trapper. In February 1945 she married Pierre Lalonde. She raised 14 children and lived at Moberly Lake all her life. Virginia and her husband trapped to survive. She still tans hides the old way – soaking, stretching, fleshing, scraping, and smoking. She makes moccasins and mukluks with the hides.

  • Howard Gauthier

    Howard GauthierGrowing up in Moberly Lake, Howard used to walk two or three miles to school. It didn’t matter how cold it was, they always walked. When they finally got a team of horses, Howard would drive the horses to school and pick up the kids in the west-end. He lived in Cameron Lakes most of his life with his Aunt. When he was thirteen he started riding bulls. Howard quit school in Grade 8 when he was fifteen and has been working and looking after his family ever since.

  • Lillian Maggie Gauthier

    Mathilda HiebertLillian’s maiden name is Crying Man. She was born and raised in West Moberly in 1939. When she was sixteen years old Lillian married Oliver Gauthier and moved to the Saulteau First Nation near Moberly Lake. She raised nine children. Her husband worked in sawmills and also lived the traditional way of life by hunting and trapping. In the summer they took the whole family and went to the trap line to hunt and fish. They still tan hides and make moccasins and continue to enjoy the traditional way of life. Lillian loves living in Moberly Lake and says she will never leave.

  • Mathilda Hiebert

    Lillian Maggie GauthierMathilda’s remembers walking nine miles to school when she was growing up. Though the school was down by the lake, it was not in the same place where the Moberly Lake School is now. Mathilda did not attend residential school, however, some children in the community were sent away.

  • Della Napolean

    Della NapoleanDella was born and raised at the east end of Moberly Lake in 1950. Her grandfather Dokkie was the one and only hereditary chief of the West Moberly Lake First Nation. Her father was Cree & Iroquois, Mr. Fred Napolean. They sustained and lived off the land and lived a traditional life. Della was taught at an early age to know the traditional culture and contemporary way of life. Sharing was very important in her family. She went to school at Moberly Lake and transferred to Chethwynd to graduate in 1971. She then went to post-secondary at Northern Lights College. She graduated with fashion design at AVC in Grouard. Della also enrolled in the Cree Instructor’s program at Muskwachees College in Hobbema and just recently completed a Fine Arts degree at Enowkin Centre in Penticton. She is currently attending the University of Victoria in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Della has two beautiful daughters who are professional career women.

  • Earl Parenteau

    Earl ParenteauEarl’s family is Cree-Métis, originally from the Red River area in Manitoba. He was born and raised in Paddle Prairie, Alberta. Nearly 25 years ago Earl moved to Moberly Lake after marrying Penny Davis. They have four beautiful children whom they are very proud of. Both Penny and Earl love living and working in the mountains. Earl’s interests have always been related to the traditional way of life: living off and learning the history of the land and hunting and guiding in the beautiful mountains of northern British Columbia. He enjoys living and working with the people of the Saulteau First Nation. Earl gives thanks to the holy ones that have gone before us for the many gifts of the land, the water, and the sun.

  • Simon Redhead

    Simon RedheadSimon is a Cree from Sturgeon Lake First Nation near Valleyview, Alberta. He moved to the Moberly Lake area in 1938 when he was 17 years old. Simon lived with his half-brother Slim Garrbitt. He used to play the fiddle for dances. Trapping was his way of life. Simon married Victoria Belcourt when he was 26 years old. They raised eleven children at Jackfish Lake. He worked at sawmills and did construction on highways to support his family. Simon used to haul freight across the river by hand and remembers having to break wild horses to ride.


    blank-icon Victoria’s maiden name was Napoleon. Her mother was Eva Campbell and her dad was the late Felix Napoleon. She was born and raised in Moberly Lake. She has lived here all her life, and went to school at Moberly Lake. To make a living, she worked for families, babysitting, cleaning, washing and ironing clothes for $1.00 per day. Victoria hunted in the mountains from the age of 14. She was 18 years old when she married Elmer Davis. Victoria raised nine children. Her husband was a caterpillar operator, building highways, and he worked in the mines for 22 years. He also was a hunting guide in the mountains, during the summer months. They also trapped squirrels, marten, fishers, and coyotes. Victoria canned berries and planted a garden to support my family. They dried, canned, and smoked the mea to preserve it. When Victoria was younger, she competed in the rodeos – barrel racing and cow riding. For nineteen years she cooked on oilrigs and guiding camps in the mountains. Victoria now has seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. She continues to live the traditional ways, by catering to functions, gardening, canning, hunting, and fishing.

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