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Today marks the the 1816 victory of the Battle of Seven Oaks, or the victory of Frog Plain. The battle was the first of many that the Métis would wage to defend our territory and interests in the Red River Settlement.
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Seven Oaks was a culmination of the Pemmican Wars and the escalating fur trade disputes between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. Under the leadership of Cuthbert Grant, a Métis led defence force defeated the forces of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Selkirk settlers.
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During this time the Métis were a distinct member of the Nehiyaw-Pwat, or the Iron Confederacy, along with the Assiniboine, Cree and Saulteaux allies. Indigenous worldviews, languages, diplomacy and protocols governed the Confederacy and its relations with other Indigenous peoples. Members of the Nehiyaw-Pwat fought alongside Grant at Seven Oaks.