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The paper will discuss and explore Parks Canada’s website called Batoche National Historic Site
located in Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1923 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
recommended Batoche to the federal government, and the same year would see it named as a
National Historic site. Batoche was the establishment where the Meritus community homes and
commemorates Meritus traditions and beliefs. It is also here in Batoche where the clash of 1885
Northwest Resistance ended. In that war Canadian government troops managed to overpower
Louis Riel’s militia who were fighting for Saskatchewan provisional Government.
. The website designates and presents how the site looks like and why visitors find it very
attractive, it goes ahead to break down the antiquity of Batoche. I will keenly read through the
website, using the 404 Handler known Webmasters, I will dig in to get information both on
significant and minor changes in the presentation and text the site possess from 2010. Note also,
I will be examining the website looking at how it depicts metis history and the length post-1885
antiquity is given connotation and space. Chris Anderson believes that appealing for
extra ‘history from below’ is crucial when placing together exemplifications of aboriginal
pasts, () the site puts more emphasis on picturesque and it is from that light I opt to dispute, fairly
folksy and generic interpretation of Metis beliefs; that the site avoids politicking Merits
involvement and embargoes it in that period; that their tale is confined as being simply section of
Canada’s outstanding story.
There are quite fascinating tasks to that scrutiny however, that I will also look into. Batoche was
declared a National Historic Site in 1923 by the federal government under the recommendation
of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Primarily, it is important that they had
intended to honor the clash, the metis culture, traditions, their river- lot property distribution
system and the community at large. () Claire Campbell later revealed that the system of land

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allocation was not part of honoring Batoche a historic spot, but it would later be recognized in
the late 1980s.()
This development of the different aspects of commemoration does not seem to be recognized on
either the Batoche site or the page for Batoche on the Canada’s Historic Places website.4
Andersen describes the further stages in the development of Batoche’s historic designation: a
plaque to commemorate the battle was put up in 1923; content was added in the 1950s to discuss
the Métis community itself; in the 1970s and 1980s its geographical and agricultural significance
was recognised; its watershed role in the development of the West was acknowledged next,
before recognition of Métis war veterans in more recent years.5
Progress of the diverse
Again, this step-by-step history of the building of memorialization seems to be absent from the
Batoche website itself, as if it wants to present itself as having been fully formed from its
inception, and I suggest that the presentation of the site’s history of itself as a place of
commemoration is somewhat weak.
The first noticeable aspect of the site is its apparent emphasis on ‘journeying back through
time.’6 Tours around the site are promoted, which will be conducted by ‘knowledgeable staff in
period costume,’ acting out the parts of Métis homesteaders.7 Visitors are also encouraged to
participate in homestead chores such as pegging out the laundry, building a house, or
gardening.8 Pictures on the site show staff playing with children on toy wooden horses.
However, this all combines to produce a domesticated, homely tone to the site, something of an
idealised historic vision. There is no indication on these pages about why the Métis had become
homesteaders. There is a brief history of the Métis in a separate section of the site which alludes
to the reasons for pushing west from Manitoba,9 but its more serious tone is not maintained in
the‘journey through time’ section. These two pages the history section and the visitor
attractions section looked at together, illustrate that Métis history is not being erased, but it
looks as if it is being sidelined and watered down in favour of picturesque domestic
representation. The ‘headline attraction’ is the homestead experience, which is a framing that

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The paper will discuss and explore Parks Canada’s website called Batoche National Historic Site located in Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1923 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommended Batoche to the federal government, and the same year would see it named as a National Historic site. Batoche was the establishment where the Meritus community homes and commemorates Meritus traditions and beliefs. It is also here in Batoche where the clash of 1885 Northwest Resistance ended. In that war Canadian government troops managed to overpower Louis Riel’s militia who were fighting for Saskatchewan provisional Government. . The website designates and presents how the site looks like and why visitors find it very attractive, it goes ahead to break down the antiquity of Batoche. I will keenly read through the website, using the 404 Handler known Webmasters, I will dig in to get information both on significant and minor changes in the presentation and text the site possess from 2010. Note also, I will be examining the website looking at how it depicts metis history and the length post-1885 antiquity is given connotation and space. Chris Anderson believes that appealing for extra ‘history from below’ is crucial when placing together exemplifications of aboriginal pasts, () the site puts more emphasis on picturesque and it is from that light I opt to dispute, fairly folksy and generic interpretation of Metis beliefs; that the site avoids politicking Merits involvement a ...
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