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Sam Steele and the Northwest Rebellion

The Trail of 1885

by Wayne F. Brown

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In the spring of 1885, it appeared that war was about to set the Canadian West aflame. Louis Riel had established a Metis provisional government at Batoche, and the Cree, led by war chief Wandering Spirit, had killed settlers, taken hostages and forced the capitulation of Fort Pitt. Among the forces marshalled to quell the unrest was an elite scouting unit of the Alberta Field Force, led by the charismatic Sam Steele of the North West Mounted Police. Aggressive, tenacious and supremely confident, Steele was a seasoned policeman who had earned a reputation for getting the job done.

 

Composed of North West Mounted Police, ex-militiamen and savvy cowboys from Calgary, Steele’s Scouts relentlessly pursued the Cree warriors and their prisoners through the western Saskatchewan wilderness, acting as shock troops and often fighting at close quarters. The story of Sam Steele and his contingent is an unforgettable account of the campaign that marked the end of the Wild West on the Canadian prairies.

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Wayne F. Brown grew up in Drumheller, Alberta, and served for 30 years as a fish and wildlife officer in the province. After retirement, Wayne moved to Peck Lake, Saskatchewan, and began to write the stories of those who had fought in the Northwest Rebellion. Wayne is also a member of the Steele’s Scouts Commemorative Militia Cavalry and sits on the board of directors of Saskatchewan’s Trails of 1885 initiative.

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Sam Steele and the Northwest Rebellion: The Trail of 1885

This biography of Sam Steele, his central role and involvement of his “Scouts” in events surrounding the Northwest Rebellion/Uprising of 1885 is captivatingly narrated. It begins with a history of the Plains Nations focusing on the cataclysmic changes they experienced in the 18th and 19th centuries related to fire arms, the horse and the extermination of the buffalo. The book describes the devastating consequences of a Canadian government’s expansionist policies in the creation of a country and the inevitable conflicts this presented in the Northwest with the Métis and First Nations. All the involved characters, scenes and battles are presented: Dumont, Riel, Middleton, Steele, Macdonald, Big Bear, Wandering Spirit, the NWMP, Duck Lake, Batoche, Frenchman Butte, Frog Lake.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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