The Battle of Batoche

May 9, 1885 - May 12, 1885
The Capture of Batoche by Grundy. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
The Capture of Batoche by Grundy. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

The Battle of Batoche marked the final battle of the Northwest Resistance. Over the course of three days, 250 Métis battled more than 900 Canadian Forces troops. When the battle was over, 51 Métis were dead and many more were injured or captured, including Louis Riel. Others, like Gabriel Dumont, a buffalo hunter who led the Métis in battle, fled to the United States. For many Métis, the loss at Batoche marked the end of Métis freedom and the realization that Macdonald's government had always meant to dominate and assimilate them, despite promises made to negotiate land and culture rights.