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Posted: Friday May 25, 2012
Walter Hildebrandt

Walter Hildebrandt is known as both a poet and historian. A consultant on Aboriginal treaties, he is author of Views From Battleford: Constructed Visions of an Anglo-Canadian West and co-author of The Cypress Hills: The Land and Its People and The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7, which won the Gustavus Myers Award for outstanding work on intolerance in North America in 1997. Winnipeg from the Fringes, his eighth book of poetry, was published in 2011. An earlier volume, Where the Land Gets Broken, received the 2005 Stephen G. Stephensson Award for Poetry.

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The Battle of Batoche

"Each year since the battle at Batoche in 1885, Métis people gather there to commemorate the sacrifices of our ancestors and celebrate our culture. Despite the defeat on the battlefield and the subsequent execution of our leader Louis Riel, Batoche personifies the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of displacement, marginalization and indifference.
I welcome this book for accurately capturing the military history of the North-West Resistance. Instilling in Canadians an appreciation of the powerful forces at work during that period can foster a better understanding of the challenges faced today by the Métis Nation in its ongoing struggle for self-determination within Canada."
– Clem Chartier, President, Métis National Council

"Walter Hildebrandt takes a meticulous look at the Battle of Batoche and provides unique insight into an event pivotal to the history of the Canadian prairies. The study is balanced in its provision of various perspectives and personal accounts and generously includes many historical images and maps sure to please history lovers."
– Blair Stonechild, Professor of Indigenous Studies, First Nations University of Canada

"The Battle of Batoche: British Small Warfare and the Entrenched Métis is worth acquiring just for the quality of its introductory and concluding sections. Precise writing and perceptive analysis make this study a pleasure to read … Hildebrandt is one of the few authors that carefully places the events of 1885 in a national and international context.”
—Manitoba History

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