The Battle of Batoche is the best-known confrontation between Métis and British soldiers in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. It remains one of Canada’s most emotion-laden memories, eloquently revisited in this revised and expanded edition.The strategies of both sides are thoroughly examined, and numerous maps and photographs offer detailed description of the fateful battle. Introduction by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel.
Historian and poet Walter Hildebrandt was born in Brooks, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton. He was the Director of University of Calgary Press and Athabasca University Press. He has worked as a historian for Parks Canada and as a consultant to the Treaty 7 Tribal Council. Documentaries is his eighth book of poetry.
“The Battle of Batoche: British Small Warfare and the Entrenched Métis is worth acquiring just for the quality of its introductory and concluding sections. Precise writing and perceptive analysis make this study a pleasure to read … Hildebrandt is one of the few authors that carefully places the events of 1885 in a national and international context.”
“Walter Hildebrandt takes a meticulous look at the Battle of Batoche and provides unique insight into an event pivotal to the history of the Canadian prairies. The study is balanced in its provision of various perspectives and personal accounts and generously includes many historical images and maps sure to please history lovers.”
– Blair Stonechild, Professor of Indigenous Studies, First Nations University of Canada
“Each year since the battle at Batoche in 1885, Métis people gather there to commemorate the sacrifices of our ancestors and celebrate our culture. Despite the defeat on the battlefield and the subsequent execution of our leader Louis Riel, Batoche personifies the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of displacement, marginalization and indifference.
I welcome this book for accurately capturing the military history of the North-West Resistance. Instilling in Canadians an appreciation of the powerful forces at work during that period can foster a better understanding of the challenges faced today by the Métis Nation in its ongoing struggle for self-determination within Canada.”
– Clem Chartier, President, Métis National Council
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