Batoche, SK

(continuer en français)

In settling in Batoche, the Métis from Manitoba maintained the French tradition of dividing the land into long adjoining plots, perpendicular to the river so that everyone had access to water. The federal government did not intend to recognize their rights and planned a survey of square lots, to be sold to new settlers. The Métis rise up and form a provisional government in 1885 under the leadership of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. After several small victories over the federal troops during skirmishes, they prepare to defend their village in the Battle of Batoche.

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