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July 20, 2007

Caron Building at Batoche Officially Reopened by Skelton

BATOCHE – The Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, today joined Karon Shmon, representing the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and the Caron family to untie a Métis sash to officially re-open the Caron Home at Batoche National Historic Site of Canada.  Parks Canada and the Gabriel Dumont Institute provided over $53,100 to restore this important site and contribute to programming such as traditional fiddling, dancing and storytelling.

“Our federal government is proud to support the efforts of the Métis to help conserve our nation’s special places such as this unique 1896 home,” said Minister Skelton. “The newly restored home and the programming that will be provided by Métis elders and others will ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to experience and appreciate both the history and on-going contribution of the Métis people to the development of Canada as well as the culture of this vibrant Métis community.”

Batoche was once a thriving Métis community and was the scene of an historic battle between the Métis Provisional Government and the Canadian Government in 1885.  The Caron building was burned down on the first day of the Battle of Batoche.  The Caron family rebuilt their home between 1891 and 1895.  The house is one of the few surviving homes of the earliest stages of reconstruction and is considered a typical vernacular Métis house of the time period.  The Battle of Batoche is an important turning point in Western Canadian history and important for an understanding of Canadian history.

“The site has always offered visitors memorable opportunities to experience our rich cultural heritage,” said Minister Skelton. “This home will provide a unique venue for activities that will provide enhanced opportunities to connect to Métis culture and history found at Batoche.”

The Batoche National Historic Site was designated as a National Historic Site in 1923 to recognize its importance in Canadian history.

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