Petawawa Kia

Who was Pontiac?

Chris Lowrey
PONTIAC Feb. 19, 2018
With the recent agreement struck between the MRC Pontiac and a group of concerned citizens about the use of a representation of Chief Pontiac as the logo that sits on the SAAQ office floors, it seems like a good time to dig into who the man known as Pontiac actually was.
Pontiac, also known as Obwandiyag, was a chief in the Odawa nation in the territory around Detroit, Michigan. He was born around 1720.
Little is known about his early life, but after backing the French in the French and Indian War, Pontiac led a coalition of Indigenous nations in opposition to British rule in what’s known as Pontiac’s War.

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