The Battle Of Seven Oaks

The Battle Of Seven Oaks

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  • Don't drop the meat just yet, we're almost there.
  • Sir, I think we might have a problem.
  • June 19, 1816 Cuthbert Grant and a group of 60 Métis and First Nation men were delivering food supplies to the North West Company. They are about reach Seven Oaks.
  • Joseph Letendre was only 16.
  • On the way, the party is spotted by Hudson Bay Company employees and Governor Robert Semple. They approach Grant and his group.
  • It seems we are all in agreement.
  • Neither groups were looking to fight, but when Semple caught up to them, he challenged the men. Angry words were exchanged between both parties until a shot was fired by one of the HBC officers.
  • Today, we have the Manitoba Metis Federation which promotes interests and rights of Metis to ensure equal treatment.
  • The battle did not last longer than 15 minutes. 20 men from the HBC party had died including Semple, Grant and his group defeated them but unfortunately 1 teenager had died.
  • The Ottowa government passed the "Manitoba Act" in 1870 and the Metis were given 560,000 hectares of land but some Metis did not recieve land or sold it, so they moved to the othe group of Metis in Saskatchewan.
  • Even this federation with Metis still had to face issues like struggling to get governments to resolve land claims and other rights.
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