Ottawa to transfer 690 hectares west of Batoche to Saskatchewan Métis

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Ottawa will transfer 690 hectares west of Batoche to the Métis of Saskatchewan

Batoche National Historic Site was the scene of the last battle of the Northwest Resistance, in 1885. (archives)

Parks Canada will transfer ownership and care of 690 hectares of land west of Batoche National Historic Site to the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan.

This is t a historic moment, said Métis Nation of Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum. The return of these lands to the Métis is a tangible demonstration of Canada's commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous and Métis peoples.

Discussions surrounding this transfer began about five years ago.

Batoche National Historic Site was the scene of the last battle of the Northwest Resistance, in 1885. Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont fought there.

Glen McCallum says discussions surrounding the transfer began about five years ago.

It is with hope, perseverance and great patience that the Métis continue to work with Canada to reclaim their homeland, added Glen McCallum.

The lands that will be transferred (orange) are west and south of the national historic site (green).

The minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for the Prairies, Daniel Vandal, was in Batoche for the announcement. He represented the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Steven Guilbeault.

These lands hold deep cultural, spiritual and historical significance for the citizens of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, says the federal government in a press release. In recognition of this, the transfer of lands on the west side to the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan contributes to reconciliation while ensuring the continued protection of the cultural and natural heritage of ancestral lands.

L he announcement was made as part of the 50th anniversary of the Back to Batoche Métis Festival.

For the Métis of the province, this event is an opportunity to share their culture and to pay tribute to the veterans of the resistance of the North-West, in 1885.

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