Métis and First Nations(Gabriel Dumont perspective )
The Battle of Batoche
Brrrr, finally Frederick Middleton’s military group left us. Me, Métis and First Nations moved to the Batoche. But they will come back to attack us!
On May 9, Middleton’s force of about 850 men to our 300 Metis and First Nations fights at Batoche. We prepared for defensive battle and dug rifle pits where we could shoot in safety.
Women, children, and old people went to a camp near Batoche where they made shelters out of tents, and buffalo robes. There, the women supplied food for our Metis soldiers, helped and took care of the children.They played a very important role for us in the battle!
Guys, seriosly, our forces were far better trained and positioned than the Canadian military, but they were better supplied with arms and ammunition.After 3 days, we had run out of ammunition and were forced to surrender (((
When the women returned to their community, they found their homes and farms were burned. The loss of their husband, fathers, brothers, homes, food supplies, and transportation caused many hardships for years to come.