Benedict is getting a tower.' Delbert Kirsch MLA for Batoche
Daniel showed enough sympathy for the Metis of Saskatchewan that, when Archbishop Tache visited the mission he felt the need to speak to them in the "...language de la moderation et de la paix...." Ambroise Jobin, Jr., who died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Batoche
, was either the individual, or the son of the individual, who received a patent to land in St.
Perhaps the most exciting naval experience of the rebellion was that of the Northcote which was ordered to take part in an attack on Batoche
, the Metis stronghold.
The North-West Rebellion began on March 19, 1885, when Metis leader Louis David Riel established the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan, after which an attempt was made by North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and Prince Albert Volunteers under Superintendent Leif Crazier to arrest him on March 26th, only to be routed at Duck Lake, 2.5 kilometres from Riel's self-proclaimed capital of Batoche
. While the Metis were fighting for their land and their way of life, however, the region's First Nations had more existential grievances.
In the summer of 1885, Moose Jaw was home to 400 soldiers sent by the Federal Government to assist the NWMP in the North West Rebellion at Batoche
. The Saskatchewan Dragoons also call Moose Jaw home.
Instead, Canada sent troops that eventually defeated the Metis in the 1885 Battle of Batoche
. Perceived as rebels, the Metis became the target of assimilation policies that denied their rights.
Murray Schafer put it, using an apt musical metaphor, Riel may personify the "dissonance at the root of the Canadian temperament." After all, the opera named after Louis Riel openly enacts that dissonance (and all those differences listed above) in a plot that tells the story of two rebellions, the one in Red River in 1868/69 and the other in Saskatchewan in 1884/85 that ended with the defeat of Riel at Batoche
. But the opera enacts the nation's diversity in more structural terms as well.
This article summarizes the contested representation of a controversial historical event and examines how hot interpretation and a multiple voices approaches to history can give a more historically accurate picture of the 1885 Resistance at Batoche
National Historic Site (NHS), Saskatchewan, Canada.
The ways in which whiteness permeates normative scripts of nationhood are the topic of Andrea Zerebeski's review of four books in the Dear Canada and I Am Canada series: Carol Matas's Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott, Rupert's Land, 1815 as well as three books by Maxine Trottier, Blood upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche
, District of Saskatchewan, 1885; The Death of My Country: The Plains of Abraham Diary of Genevieve Aubuchon, Quebec, New France, 1759; and Storm the Fortress: The Siege of Quebec; William Jenkins, New France, 1759.
MERRIAM JR., Charles Edward, History of the Theory of Sovereignty since Rousseau, Batoche
Books, Kitchener, 2001.
Despite repression of Aboriginal people from Batoche
in 1885 to Oka in 1990, imperial misadventures from the Boer War and WW I to Kandahar, some Canadians really do believe that the military is always on the side of freedom and democracy.