Revitalization plans for the Battle of Seven Oaks historic site unveiled on 200th anniversary
Published Sunday, June 19, 2016 3:35PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, June 19, 2016 6:01PM CST
Hundreds gathered at The Battle of Seven Oaks Monument Park on Main Street to see the newly revitalized site, complete with new placards.
Sunday also marked the 200th anniversary of the battle which is remembered as a critical event in the emergence of the Metis Nation.
“It was very emotionally charged and divisive event in Canadian history and Manitoban history especially,” said Andrew Amy, local history enthusiast.
Amy was dressed as John Rowand, who he said was a fur trader for the North West Company and part of the Red River colony in 1816.
Exactly 200 years ago today, more than 60 'armed horsemen' fought with 28 armed men on foot, in the area now called west Kildonan.
On Saturday, politicians and dignitaries from each party involved in the commemoration spoke in front of a large community audience.
The ceremony also held a moment of silence for those who died in the battle.