Memorial in Batoche to honour Métis veterans
The federal government is making up to $50,000 available for a memorial in Batoche, Sask., commemorating Métis veterans.
The memorial will include eight granite slabs with 3,600 names of Métis who served the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and the South African War, a government news release said.
The entrance of the memorial will have carvings of images that are significant to Métis and to servicemen and women.
MP Brad Trost announced the memorial in Batoche Saturday at a ceremony to honour veterans, part of the Back to Batoche celebration.
Back to Batoche, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday, celebrates Métis heritage with music and dancing. It also honours Métis heroes, including Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.
Batoche, northeast of Saskatoon, was the the last battlefield in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, where Canadian forces overcame Métis and aboriginal rebels.
Dumont was in charge of the Métis forces. About 25 people were killed in the battle.