Jesse Thistle presents, Bison brigades and battle tactics during the Northwest Resistance.
Métis life on the plains was extremely perilous. From century-long fights with the Sioux, to the massive and dangerous logistics of the bison hunt, Métis hunting tactics took on a battle-like precision run by a general known as the Captain of the Hunt. The Métis took their bison-hardened skills into battle during the Northwest Resistance, winning two battles against Canadian troops at Duck Lake and Fish Creek, and holding off columns of much bigger forces for days at the final battle of Batoche. I will sketch out some of these tactics and show how the Métis were a people who had unique and organized guerrilla war tactics far ahead of their time.
Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies.
Admission by donation.
Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree from Saskatchewan and raised in Brampton. He is a Ph.D. candidate in history at York University, Toronto. His doctoral work on Metis road allowance communities has won the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Vanier doctoral scholarships, and he is a governor general medalist. Jesse is the author of Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada, published through the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and his historical research has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters, and featured on CBC’s Ideas and CBC’s Campus.