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Frenchman Butte National Historic Site of Canada

Historic Sites and Monuments Board plaque at Frenchman Butte
Frenchman Butte is one of several locations making up the armed conflict of 1885. Violence erupted as First Nations bands and the Canadian Government became frustrated over treaty obligations. A group of First Nations under the leadership of Big Bear’s War Chief, Kah-Paypamhchukwao (known as Wandering Spirit), encountered the Canadian Militia under General Strange at Frenchman Butte. Shots were fired and both sides retreated. It illustrates a period of transition from a traditional way of life to a new life within the Dominion of Canada.

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