Batoche National Historic Site of Canada

Shared Management Board

The Batoche National Historic Site now has the assistance of a Shared Management Board, comprised of three members appointed by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and three members appointed by the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS). The newly formed Board is in the process of reviewing the existing Management Plan, developed in collaboration with the MNS in 1998, and will provide suggestions for implementation. It is hoped that the Shared Management Board will provide a means to revitalize the Batoche National Historic Site so that it remains an honored place for Métis people and Canadian citizens to remember those who lived and died there . 1

2001 newsletter

November 6, 2000 saw the coming together of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and the government of Canada at the Batoche National Historic Site for the first meeting of the Shared Management Board.

Murray Hamilton, Dale McCauley, Peter Rudyk, Yvonne Vizina, Leon McCauley, John Dorion, and Cheryl Penny make up the seven member board that will "assist in insuring the Commemorative Integrity of Batoche by protecting and presenting the site for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations, in a manner that respects the significant, irreplaceable and historic legacy represented by Batoche." The Board has been established as a result of the Batoche Management Agreement signed by Clem Chartier, President, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and the Honorable Andy Mitchell, Secretary of State (Parks), Government of Canada on November 8, 1998.

With the establishment of the board, both organizations look forward to a productive working relationship that will honor this very special place. Batoche was declared a national historic site in 1923, by the government of Canada, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It has been a place of great importance to the Métis for many generations..

A Batoche National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan was created and tabled by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and will form the basis of future developments at the site. The Management Plan replaces the first Management Plan implemented in 1982. That plan directed the development of the facilities, services, and programs which are seen today. The new plan was created for three main reasons:

- to incorporate the new shared management role of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan at Batoche National Historic Site of Canada (NHSC)

- to insure that the objectives for commemorative integrity at Batoche NCSC, confirmed in the site's 1996 Commemorative Integrity Statement, are represented in the site management plan; and

- to insure that site management direction is consistent with the principles and practice in the Parks Canada cultural Resource Management Policy, approved by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in 1994.

Since May 2002, Guy Bouvier has replaces Murray Hamilton on the board.

1 Yvonne N. Vizina, "Moving Heaven and Earth" New Breed Magazine, 2001