Dear Canada: Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche, District of Saskatchewan, 1885
Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443124072 Ebook
224 Pages | Ages 8 to 12
Tension grips Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1885. Many MÃ©tis moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba left them disallusioned. But life in Batoche is difficult. The buffalo on which the MÃ©tis depended for generations have been hunted almost to extinction, and the coming of white settlers poses a threat to their traditional way of life. The MÃ©tis want title to their land, but the government has delayed for years. Promises are no longer enough . . . and talk of a second uprising is in the air.
Thirteen-year-old Josephine finds herself torn over her feelings about the Resistance: she is worried for her brother, who is eager to fight; for her father, who prefers a peaceful solution; for Edmond Swift Fox, her friend, whom she loves and will eventually marry; and for Louis Riel, the leader whose efforts to help the MÃ©tis preserve their way of life are actions she grows to respect and admire.
Through Josephine's faithful diary entries, the reader is transported into this pivotal moment in Canadian history — the time leading up to the defeat of the MÃ©tis and the allied First Nations forces at Batoche, the execution of Louis Riel, and the growing tensions between English Canada and French Canada.