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Gabriel Dumont- Battles of River Coteau-1851 and Batoche- 1885


He was the son of Ekapow Dumont and Louise Laframboise

-A hunter, merchant, ferryman and a leader with a voice.

His strengths were his courage, tactical skills and network

He gave Riel expert tactical skill in the ’85 Rebellion work.


The buffalo hunt of 1851 led to a battle extraordinaire-

Few Metis were victorious- many more Sioux in despair.

Horses and carts surrounded with rifle pits didn’t succumb

Gabriel was now prepared for a bigger battle yet to come.


Surveyors ignored Metis wanting River Lots unchanged

Dumont wanted battle, Riel wanted verbal exchange.

Dumont could destroy the NWMP from Fort Carlton

Riel was merciful- escape! - Kindness soon forgotten.


Resources dwindling, the Metis said. Batoche in danger

The Government had many, Metis now endangered

Three to eight ratio guaranteed Government victory.

Metis fled everywhere; no mercy shown is now history.


Little is known about this Metis leader since 1885.

He lived quietly as he aged with family by his side.

Many of the Metis squatting on road allowance died

-Trying to live without a home, income, food or pride.


Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis Elder- 2010






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