Resenting the fact that their land was sold without consultation, the Métis took up arms against Canada in 1869, under the leadership of Louis Riel. The Métis Resistance was successful, and after a series of negotiations, the Métis entered Confederation with Canada with the 1870 Manitoba Act, which created the province of Manitoba. At Batoche, Saskatchewan, during the Northwest Resistance of 1885, the Métis would again take up arms to defend their land against the ever-expanding nation-state of Canada. When Canada laid siege to the Métis town of Batoche on May 9-12, 1885, during the Northwest Resistance, Marianne Morrissett, 16 years old, was in one of the buildings hit by gun fire. She barely escaped with her life.

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