The North-West Rebellion 1885

The rebellion pitted the Metis people and First Nations against the Canadian government.  The Metis and First Nations invited Louis Riel to lead them.

Hostilities began in March 1885.  A band of Metis led by Gabriel Dumont clashed with the North-West Mounted Police at Duck Lake.  The call went out to A and B Batteries, and soon the Gunners were moving westward.  By April 1885, the two batteries had joined Major-General Middleton's forces.

A Battery engaged Riel's forces at Fish Creek and Batoche.  The Alberta Field Force, under Major-General T. B. Strange, fought the Metis at Frenchman's Butte.  

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