The North-West Rebellion 1885

The rebellion pitted the Canadian government against the Métis people and First Nations, led by Louis Riel.  In March 1885, a band of Métis under Gabriel Dumont clashed with the North-West Mounted Police at Duck Lake.

The Winnipeg Field Battery (now 13th Field Battery in Portage la Prairie) activated for service.  MGen Middleton gathered his forces at Fort Qu’Appelle in April 1885, including A and B Batteries and militia Gunners serving as infantry.

A Battery and the Winnipeg Field Battery engaged Riel's forces at Fish Creek and Batoche.  B Battery confronted Poundmaker at Cut Knife Hill with Col Otter.  The Alberta Field Force, under MGen Strange, fought the Métis at Frenchman's Butte.

The Battle of Batoche (9 - 12 May 1885) resulted in the defeat of the Métis and First Nations.  The Canadian government executed Louis Riel for treason.  The rebellion and execution of Riel remain controversial topics.