Heritage and tradition
Saskatchewan’s Métis are descendants of First Nations women and mainly Scottish and French explorers and fur traders. The merging of two very different cultures created a vibrant new culture. Métis celebrations come alive with colour and energy, and music plays a central role.
In 1885, Louis Riel led Métis and First Nations people in an armed uprising against the Canadian government. The uprising became known as the North West Resistance, and was the last military conflict on Canadian soil. Experience this fascinating and defining moment in Canadian history at Batoche National Historic Site (see video below). Back to Batoche Days, a summer highlight in Saskatchewan, offers an exciting taste of Métis heritage and tradition.
Trails of 1885
2010 marked the 125th anniversary of the Northwest Resistance, which played a major role in Canadian history. Visit www.trailsof1885.com to learn more.