Gabriel Dumont poster
by Dylan Miner and Just Seeds
Gabriel Dumont and the Metis Resistance of 1869-1870 & 1885. For the Metis of North America, the political and spiritual resistance of Gabriel Dumont stands against the Euro-Canadian expansion emerging from Ottawa. As the Canadian Pacific Railway headed into the Native Lands of the Upper Great Lakes and the Western Prairie, the traditional lifeways of the Metis people were attacked. As a 'leader' in the Great Buffalo Hunts, Dumont used advanced guerilla tactics in various struggles of the Metis. With the passing of the Dominion Lands Act of 1872, Euro-Canadian settlers began moving enmass to the Canadian West. In the same year, Dumont was elected 'president' of the community, Batoche, Saskatchewan. During the 1885 Resistance, Dumont led 'his people' into battle against the encroaching policies and armies of the Dominion of Canada.
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