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The Provisional Government of Saskatchewan was an independent state declared during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 in the District of Saskatchewan of the Northwest Territories It included parts of the present-day Canadian provinces of Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba The name was given by Louis Riel Although Riel initially hoped to rally the Countryborn, Cree and European settlers of the Saskatchewan Valley to his banner, this did not occur The government, with the exception of Honoré Jaxon and Chief White Cap, had an entirely French-speaking and Métis leadership Gabriel Dumont was proclaimed Adjutant General in which capacity he became supreme military commander, although Riel could, and did, override his tactical decisions The Provisional Government was declared by Riel on March 19, 1885 It ceased to exist following the defeat of the Métis militarily during the Battle of Batoche which concluded on May 20, 1885 During its existence the government only exercised authority over the Southbranch Settlements along the South Saskatchewan River Other major centres in the area such as Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and most First Nations reserves remained outside of its control

Contents

  • 1 Exovedate
  • 2 Legacy
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Exovedate

Main article: Exovedate

The governing council was named the Exovedate, Latin for "of the flock", and debated issues ranging from military policy to local bylaws and theological issues It met at Batoche, Saskatchewan, and only exercised real authority during its existence over the Southbranch Settlement

The provisional government collapsed with the fall of Batoche see Battle of Batoche and Riel was captured a few days later Gabriel Dumont escaped to Montana

Legacy

BATOCHE In 1872, Xavier Letendre dit Batoche founded a village at this site where Métis freighters crossed the South Saskatchewan River About 50 families had claimed the river lots in the area by 1884 Widespread anxiety regarding land claims and a changing economy provoked a resistance against the Canadian Government Here, 300 Métis and Indians led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont fought a force of 800 men commanded by Major-General Middleton between May 9 and 12, 1885 The resistance failed but the battle did not mean the end of the community of Batoche Historic Sites and Monuments board of Canada Government of Canada

Batoche, where the Métis Provisional Government had been formed, has been declared a National Historic Site Batoche marks the site of Gabriel Dumont's grave site, Albert Caron’s House, Batoche school, Batoche cemetery, Letendre store, Gabriels river crossing, Gardepy's crossing, Batoche crossing, St Antoine de Padoue Church, Métis rifle pits, and RNWMP battle camp

In the spring of 2008, Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Christine Tell proclaimed in Duck lake, that "the 125th commemoration, in 2010, of the 1885 Northwest Resistance is an excellent opportunity to tell the story of the prairie Métis and First Nations peoples' struggle with Government forces and how it has shaped Canada today"

See also

  • The Canadian Crown and Aboriginal peoples
  • Métis people Canada
  • Northwest Rebellion
  • District of Saskatchewan
  • Prince Albert Volunteers
  • Bell of Batoche
  • Battle of Cut Knife
  • Battle of Duck Lake
  • Battle of Fish Creek
  • Battle of Fort Pitt
  • Battle of Frenchman's Butte
  • Frog Lake Massacre
  • Battle of Loon Lake
  • Looting of Battleford

References

  1. ^ http://wwwabo-peoplesorg/Features/Declaration/decapdhtml#Append3
  2. ^ "Louis Riel: A Brief Chronology" PDF Retrieved 2007-09-24 
  3. ^ Historic Sites and Monuments board of Canada Government of Canada 21 Nov 2004 "Welcome To Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Region Gen Web Batoche / Fish Creek Photo Gallery" Saskatoon Gen Web online by Julia Adamson Retrieved 2009-09-20 
  4. ^ "Batoche The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture" Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research Retrieved 2009-09-20 
  5. ^ "Parks Canada Batoche National Historic Site of Canada" Government of Canada 2009-06-22 Retrieved 2009-09-20 
  6. ^ "Tourism agencies to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northwest Resistance/Rebellion" Home/About Government/News Releases/June 2008 Government of Saskatchewan June 7, 2008 Retrieved 2009-09-20 

External links

  • Northwest Resistance: Chronology of Events, University of Saskatchewan Library

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