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.