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Submitted by: Denis Tremblay, MNO North Bay M¨¦tis Council member

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Denis Tremblay with the rare trade ax he found in Huronia.

M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Denis Tremblay recently came in possession of a rare item, a trade ax dating circa 1650.

The ax is clearly marked with the three fleur-de-lis stamps. It was found in the district of Huronia. It is an ax that M¨¦tis in the fur trade era would have traded and used.? This style of ax is known as the ¡°Biscay style¡± from France. They axes were sent to New France to trade with Aboriginal people in Canada. Pierre-Esprit Radisson advised the Hudson Bay Company to stock this style of ax for trade. In 1821 this type of ax would have cost two beaver pelts.

A similar?French trade ax was found in Black Creek, on the North Shore of Lake Erie where Dollier de Casson and Gallinee spent the winter of 1669 -70. The ax has the same marks on both sides as the one found by Tremblay. It was previously on display at the McCord Museum in Montreal.

This is a great addition to Tremblay¡¯s collection that consists of M¨¦tis, First Nation and fur trade era items. His collection has been displayed at numerous events in the past including MNO Annual General Assemblies.

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