PDF Maxine Trottier Ê Dear Canada Blood Upon Our Land The North West Resistance Ê

A young girl watches as the Métis life she knows is threatened by conflict and the men in her family are called to action by Louis Riel the charismatic leader of the North West Resistance Tension grips Batoche Saskatchewan in 1885 Many Métis moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba left them disallusioned But life in Batoche is difficult The buffalo on which the Métis 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 Métis 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 Métis 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 Métis and the allied First Nations forces at Batoche the execution of Louis Riel and the growing tensions between English Canada and French Canada


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    Twelve year old Josephine Bouvier and her family are Métis descended from Cree Indians and French Canadians They have their own unique culture with a mixture of Native and French traditions and are devout Catholics The Bouviers live a peaceful life on their farm in Batoche Saskatchewan after being forced to leave their previous home because of white settlers shortly before Josephine was born Josephine's mother died two years ago and her biggest worry is adjusting to her new stepmother Louise However all that changes in the winter of 1885 Once again the Métis are threatened with the loss of their homes The Canadian government does not want to grant them title to their lands and with white settlers beginning to move further west the Métis fear they will lose their businesses and farms since they have no legally recognized claim to them The men are determined to fight for their homes but Josephine is afraid She knows that the soldiers will greatly outnumber her people and she fears for the lives of her family and friends Blood Upon our Land was another good book from the Dear Canada series I am so glad this series has continued now that the Dear America series is over since I love historical fiction written as diaries As an American I also really enjoyed learning about an event from Canadian history that I knew nothing about I recommend this book to other readers who have enjoyed books in either the Dear America or Dear Canada series