- Fish Creek (Saskatchewan)
Saskatchewan, Canada, a small body of water flowing into the South Saskatchewan Rivernortheast of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
It is most famous as the site of the
Battle of Fish Creekduring the Northwest Rebellionof 1885between General Frederick Middletonof the Canadian Militia and Gabriel Dumont, adjutant general of the Metis Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. It also gives its name to the surrounding rural municipality. The area is part of the aspen parklandbiome.
Fish Creek was the southern border of the
Southbranch Settlementof French Métis who settled in the Saskatchewan Valleyregion in the mid to late 19th Century. They knew it as Tourond's Coulee. Dumont chose to fight the battle at this natural border region as a defensive action with his outnumbered forces as the Canadian troops drove north. Dumont had less than sixty Métis, and this small force held off the Canadian troops for a day. The fighting took place on April 24.
The battle proved to be a success for the Métis forces in that bloodied Middleton's nose and stalled the Canadian advance on
Batoche, Saskatchewan; capital of Louis Riel's provisional government, for another two weeks.
Fish Creek also gives its name to a Saskatchewan
rural municipality, Fish Creek No. 402which encompasses the area today.
* [http://www.collectionscanada.ca/canadian-west/052920/05292031_e.html Battle of Fish Creek, Northwest Rebellion by Fred Curzon]
* [http://www.westerntour.com/1885Reb/R-FishCr.htm Fish Creek battle site pictures]
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