Canada’s Civil War

Batoche

Batoche

The Metis (part white and part native) were a group of people who started the first settlements in Western Canada.  They combined both cultures very efficiently.  They farmed and they hunted as well.  Again, like most settlers in the west, history books don’t often tell of their part in settling the west.

Their villages, like other settlements consisted of shops, homes and churches. Set along the picturesque slopes of the North Saskatchewan River, the village is set in the park-lands area of Saskatchewan, not the flat south most people are familiar with.

Batoche stands out as where The Riel Rebellion of 1885  took place. Batoche is the site Louis Riel chose to set up the ‘Provisional Government of Saskatchewan’.

In ‘Hawk’s Gift – a western romance, – I go into depth as to the causes that both the Metis and Natives felt as a need to separate from Canada. Even to this day Canada’s west is often overpowered by rules and regulations made in the East. And by people who sometimes don’t understand Canadian Western people.    Hawks Gift by Mary M. Forbes

Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight By Thom Hartmann

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The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann.

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A wise friend recommended this book and I found it a very powerful journey through time and remembrance, connecting with ancient practices of sustainability and community and looking deeply and honestly at the world’s current situation. It’s not an easy read but ultimately I found it very empowering as it reignited my hope for humanity and gave me concrete tools with which to face and positively influence a challenging future. It’s a book that’s changed me, as only a handful ever have. Consider a Good Deed done, if you read it.
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Why would a group of over 2,000 people march naked across Western Canada’s prairies ?

Settling Canada’s West:

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Kremlin Russia

The largest migration to Canada at one time, (8,000 people) the Doukhobors have been a little known factor in the settling of the west in Canada. When you read and research Canadian history you will discover mainly Anglo-Franco activities that are documented.

The Doukhobors were considered a pacifist group. But they challenged the Czar and the Orthodox Church In Russia and Russia appeared to be happy to let the troublemakers go. Canada opened their doors.  But it wasn’t all kindness on Canada’s part. The Doukhobors were great farmers and well able to handle the harshness of cold winters and isolation better than most.

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Vosnesenia village, NE of Arran, Saskatchewan (North Colony)

Yet the question is – why did many Doukhobors start marching across the western prairies?  In 1902, 2000 or so Doukhobors –  many naked, calling themselves – The Sons of Freedom marched across the cold prairies.  They were searching for Utopia – the land of milk and honey. The Canadian government reports they marched in protest against having to sign allegiance to Canada (something their religion didn’t believe should be done).  And they were ordered to stake claim to square sections of land – privately owned, rather than share communal lands.  It was probably a reason but why naked?  Many Doukhobors, who didn’t win against the government, moved to British Columbia, where the laws didn’t say they must own the land in individual square parcels.

In Paradise on the Horizon my heroine escapes Russia, by joining the Doukhobors migration.

Paradise on the Horizon by Mary M Forbes

Gateway to the West

Settling Canada’s West:

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The Assiniboine River

Two rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red River meet at the spot presently known as Winnipeg in Manitoba.  In the early 1800’s, British aristocrat Thomas Selkirk tried to create a new colony in Canada’s harsh mid-west. He bought land from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1811 to begin settlement.

 

There were many factors that caused its’ demise. Harsh winters and settlers, ill-equipped to handle the cold caused starvation to become a reality. The Hudson’s Bay Company was still fighting with the Northwest Fur Trading Company for dominance. The Métis and various native tribes also felt this colony would lead to losing their hunting and fishing grounds.

There was much fighting including the Seven Oaks Massacre of 1816 when a group of Métis killed 21 men when both parties intercepted each other accidentally. It was the first time Canadians heard of Louis Riel. At that time he was a young man. This was a massacre that was the result of rivalry between the British-owned Hudson’s Bay Company and Canada’s North West Company. The settlers abandoned the site and the land was sold back to the Hudson’s Bay Company.

In 1869 the Federal Government of Canada bought the lands. They started settling Canada’s vast western land.  Once the Canadian Pacific Railroad was built it opened the doors to mass migration to Canada’s west.  Winnipeg was born. In 1870 Manitoba became a province.

 

Winnipeg 1893

Winnipeg in 1893

Miller Family Reunion – The British Are Coming – family gatherings

With my sister visiting from England after many years and the weather so nice and warm, everyone wanted to have BBQ’s for them.  Great Alberta Beef (world renowned) was on the menu.

A BBQ at my son's place.

A BBQ at my son’s place.

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The British said they were having too many hamburgers so my niece, Chandra decided to do BBQ steak. Oddly enough I guess we were all so excited we forgot to take pictures. It was another beautiful day and the most exquisite of meals. The steak was perfection.

A BBQ at Jim and Tanya's place.

A BBQ at Jim and Tanya’s place.

 


Miller Family Reunion – The cousins; The Food

On Saturday we gathered for food and a wonderful time of ‘catch-up’, good food and lively conversations.  Most of my cousins I hadn’t seen since I was in my teens.  It was amazing to see how we’d aged.  I had a picture in my mind of each and every one of my cousins who attended – all as teens.cousinsAs children we often visited Aunt Mary (dad’s sister) and Uncle Emil (mom’s brother) on Sundays. Aunt Mary was a fantastic cook. We were double cousins – but the best part was they had a child to match every one of me and my siblings.  We always had playmates and things to do when we visited back and forth.  It was so enjoyable to reunite with them.

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The food served was reminiscent of the old day when families gathered on Sundays to enjoy our day of rest.

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The Romance Reviews – Hawk’s Gift (September 26th)

Come and join the fun.  Win prizes, gifts and especially discover new authors and new exciting books. Fall into Love – The Romance Reviews September party.

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Free SymbolAnswer the question correctly today  for a chance to win a free e-book of Hawk’s Gift. (Western Historical Romance).

Roberta Taylor, an aggressive,  wealthy and reporter goes to the west to find a reason why there is such unrest.  She meets enigmatic Damien Larocque and tricks him into taking her to Big Bear’s camp in Montana. 

Roberta stands for everything Damien dislikes in a woman. She is arrogant and believes she is always right. Why does she fascinate him so much?

This is an intense love story, a roller coaster of love, hate, lust, distrust and hope.

Set in Canada’s Civil War – the Riel Rebellion of 1885.  Hawks Gift (160x240)

Roberta is a heroine I love and Damien, well, he’s dangerous but oh, so addicting.…. I envy your ability to write unforgettable characters ….Rachelle Ayala – author of Michal’s Window, Historical Romance.

Miller Family Reunion – The Siblings

This summer – August long week-end we had a Miller Family Reunion outside Regina, Saskatchewan. Regina is the Capital of Saskatchewan the province I grew up in.

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Regina

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Regina Parliament Building


 

 

 

 

 

It was nice to meet my sister Isabelle and her family. I had not seen them in fourteen years. We stayed at the same hotel and had time together there so our visits extended into mornings and late evening as well.

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Isabelle and Larry – with George hiding his face.

I brought print copies of my books and sold them all – thanks mainly to Kevin and Lynette McGill – our hosts.
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Sleep Inn the hotel we stayed in

I was also happy to see my brother Larry who lives in the east. I hadn’t seen him in nine years. He was always my playmate and buddy from the time we were kids.

Larry and I at reunion

Larry and I on the smoking verandah.

 

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George and I on the verandah



And of course my sister Nola who I see often and never tire of seeing. Her son and his wife hosted the reunion.

Nola and I at Reunion

Nola and I. No, it’s my books in the box. We are not for sale at $10.00 each.

 

Romancing September World Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 16 of the 2nd Annual Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. I’ve teamed up with Rosie Amber again this year. We’re promoting 30 awesome romance authors in 30 days. Help us out by cross promoting when you can and check out these authors.

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too.

Today my guest author is Mary M. Forbes and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about her and her bookOne Dance With A Stranger.

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1) What inspired you to write this book?  I watched George Strait in Pure Country and listened to Alan Jackson’s CD ‘Who I Am’.  The whole story developed from the movie and the CD.  I often get inspiration from songs and ‘what if’ from watching movies or shows.

2) What’s your favourite part of this book and why? I love the last chapter, when Emily realizes her life is empty without love and especially without Wade.

3) What is your philosophy on writing and life? I want to give my readers an enjoyable few hours of escapism.  I think life has enough reality that it cannot harm anyone to dream for a bit and be happy regardless of what reality offers.  My motto is ‘In Dreams we can be anyone we want.’

4) Name your three favourite books that you’ve written — feel free to list buy links   I will always love ‘Hawk’s Gift’ (my first attempt) – a historical romance, set in the west during the Riel Rebellion – Canada’s civil war.

The buy link is on Amazon: – http://www.amazon.com/Hawks-Gift-Mary-M-Forbes-ebook/dp/B005HXD26Y/ref=la_B002UUEK4U_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406295295&sr=1-2

I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery involved in ‘Alberta Wild Rose’– another historical romance – set in the west, about a group searching for a legendary mine in the mountains.  The buy link is Amazon: -http://www.amazon.com/Alberta-Wild-Rose-Mary-Forbes-ebook/dp/B005HXD13I/ref=la_B002UUEK4U_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406295496&sr=1-5

And my other favourite is One Dance with A Stranger – where my characters developed their own personalities and demanded their story be told.

5) What are your goals for this year?   The first part of the year was writing, editing and getting the first book in my Crystal Ridge series published.  Check – accomplished.  I want to finish the second ‘Sophisticated Cowboy’ this year as well.  I am attending a When Words Collide festival in Calgary in August as well as attending a family reunion in Saskatchewan.

6) If you had to give one piece of advice what would it be? In the whole scheme of life – how important is this?  I think people worry too much about what might or might not happen.  I would love to see people enjoy life more and worry less.

Bio: – Born and bred on western stories by Zane Grey, I grew up in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan.  Although modern life intervened, I soon realized the similarities between my life and North American western past. From riding horses, playing cowboys and Indians with real Indians combined with the scenery of vast, open prairies and endless horizons I was living my dream.

Blurb on One Dance with a Stranger –   Emily feels it is important to hide her sordid past. Love has no part in her new life. Her job and her respectable fiance are achievements that she has no intentions of jeopardizing. No one knows she once posted for a nude magazine and she will do anything needed to keep it that way. Why would she even think of risking everything to follow her heart’s desire – charismatic, fickle Wade Hart? A man who knows all her dark, deep secrets?

Country singing idol, Wade doesn’t question why he is attracted to his brother’s fiancee. He just knows he will have her. He is used to getting whatever he desires. Today he wants Emily. Set in the ‘new west’ – Calgary – follow the twisted path of love and romance, too potent to resist.

Site addresses:  Website: –  http://marymforbes.wordpress.com  Author Central: – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002UUEK4U  Facebook: – Profile – https://www.facebook.com/marymagdelineauthor  Page: – https://www.facebook.com/marymagdelineforbesauthor?ref=hl ;  Twitter: – https://twitter.com/maryauthor Pinterest: – http://www.pinterest.com/marymforbes/  Goodreads: – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3170035.Mary_M_Forbes 

Thanks so much for joining us on this grand adventure we call Romancing September Across the World 2014 Blog Tour.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Farm Fence and Big Sky Saskatchewan

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Farm Fence, Big Sky Saskatchewan, copyright jmeyersforeman

Farm Fence, Big Sky Saskatchewan, copyright jmeyersforeman

While visiting Saskatchewan we made a trip out to the old farm. It is the place that my Grandfather received as part of his soldier’s grant after World War I, my father and most of his siblings were born there and where I with my brothers were raised. Grandpa has been gone for a long time now, mom and dad farmed there for almost 40 years before selling and moving to town. This was our first visit back in a while.

Most of the old sheds and granaries that my brothers and I play on and around are gone, as are the old cars that were parked between them. The old barn is just about ready to collapse the passage of time taking its tole.  A new, much young family has taken possession of the acreage round the house, the land sold to a…

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