The Battle of Batoche in 1885 marked the end of a world. The Métis descended from the Voyageurs who carried furs and supplies on rivers, then came the time of carts with big wheels, the railway put an end to that. At one time they hunted bison, their deliberate extermination in the American Midwest put an end to that. They followed the traditions of the French regime, the new Canadian laws put an end to that. It was not until almost a century later (1982) that the Métis were officially recognized. Today, the church and the rectory of Batoche are preserved by Parks Canada in order to present what the Métis culture was like.
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