Back to Batoche Days This Weekend!
It’s time, once again for Back to Batoche Days located at the Batoche Festival grounds 1km north of the Batoche National Historic Site! This event pays homage to Metis culture and heritage and the sacrifices made in the Battle of 1885 (also known as the Northwest Resistance). In 1885, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Riel and the Metis led the resistance against the federal government in a battle that changed Western Canada. The issue began in 1878 when the government began to divide the river lots up into a grid system which cut off a lot of the farmer’s access to the river. This created a great tension and with the accumulation of other issues, led to the battle. Although only lasting from May 9th-12th less than 300 men defended Batoche with Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel. The aftermath of the battle changed the lives of many aboriginal and Metis and but it shows the strength of a united people.
In the spirit of Canada’s 150th birthday, like all the national parks in Canada, admission to Batoche National Historic Site will be free. The museums will be staffed with knowledgeable costumed guides ensuring your experience is at its finest. So go check it out too!
Back to Batoche Days will include workshops, games, entertainment and dancing. Bannock, as well as other great food, will also be available. Then, to end a perfect day, the evening will be filled with fireworks! The festivities begin July 20 until 23 and will be fun for the entire family! So come for the day or camp the whole weekend and celebrate a piece of Canada’s rich history!