STREET LIFE: DUCK LAKE & BATOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN
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Commentary from WIKIPEDIA ~ Photos by Bruce
Duck Lake was one of the Saskatchewan settlements settled by French speaking Métis from Manitoba in the 1860s and 1870s.
On March 26,1885, it was the site of the Battle of Duck Lake, a conflict between Métis warriors and the Government of Canada, at the start of the Northwest Rebellion. The skirmish lasted approximately 30 minutes. Five Métis warriors were killed in the skirmish, including Gabriel Dumont’s brother. The battle toll was high for the government forces. Twelve men were killed, and eleven men seriously injured.
This mural above depicts Canadian Prime Minister John A. MacDonald (left), with Métis Leaders Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel (holding the cross).
On May 12, 1885 the Métis were defeated at the Battle of Batoche. Louis Riel was later tried for treason and sentenced to death.
Gabriel Dumont made his way to Montana where he surrendered to the US Calvary. The United States government determined that he was a political refugee and shortly released him. Dumont joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West where he received top billing as a rebel leader.
The Canadian government granted a general amnesty in the summer of 1886. Gabriel Dumont retired to Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1893 eventually obtaining title to the lands he had settled in 1872.
The Métis are one of the recognized Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Over the past century, countless Métis are thought to have been absorbed and assimilated into European Canadian populations, making Métis heritage (and thereby aboriginal ancestry) more common than is generally realized. Geneticists estimate that 50 percent of today’s population in Western Canada have Aboriginal blood.
“Let us be English or let us be French… but above all let us be Canadians.” – Sir John A. MacDonald
BATOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN – SACRED PLACE OF THE METIS