North-West Rebellion Map

The North-West Rebellion took place in Saskatchewan territory in 1885 in the North Saskatchewan River Valley.  You can label and color a North-West Rebellion Map.

North-west rebellion map
Click on the link above or on this image to get the map.

Background on the North-West Rebellion

By the early 1880s the buffalo herds had been killed off and the people of the plains were in danger of starvation.  They had begun to be dependent on the Canadian government to feed them.  This, along with the treaties they were being pressured in to signing caused fear that the Plains way of life was disappearing.

The Métis people, descendants of French trappers and First Nations, also feared government encroachment in their way of life.  For one thing, the Canadian government had sent out surveyors to re-parcel the land according to the British custom which would have disrupted the French system already in place and left many farmers landless.

Neither the First Nations nor the Métis trusted the government to have their best interests in mind so they banded together to first, petition the government, and when that seemed fruitless, to erupt into armed rebellion in defense of their way of life.

You should research more about the causes of the North-West Rebellion.

Library List

Search your library for books on the North-West Rebellion, Louis Riel, or Big Bear.  Here are some we found.  There isn’t much on this subjects written for children.  You could also have your kids write their own “books” after learning more about these events and people.

Completing the North-West Rebellion Map

The North-West Rebellion Map shows all of the major battles and conflicts during the 1885 uprising.

Use this map as a key to completing the blank map.
  1. First complete the compass rose.
  2. Then label the North Saskatchewan and the South Saskatchewan Rivers. Color the rivers and lakes blue.
  3. Notice that the modern day border of Alberta and Saskatchewan are shown on the map for reference, but this whole area was actually part of Saskatchewan territory at this time.
  4. Research each of the conflicts in the rebellion and label each of the dots on the map with the correct conflict.  We recommend the North-West Rebellion Wikipedia article, which briefly talks about each battle/event. You can also use the colored map above as a key.  HEre are the events to add to the map.
    1. Battle of Loon Lake
    2. Frog Lake Massacre
    3. Battle of Frenchman’s Butte
    4. Battle of Fort Pitt
    5. Battle of Cut Knife
    6. Looting of Battleford
    7. Battle of Batoche
    8. Battle of Duck Lake
    9. Battle of Fish Creek
  5. Put the events in order on a timeline, drawn on the top of the map or on another sheet of paper. Alternatively you can just label or date each conflict right on the map.
  6. Color the rest of the map green.  On our map we colored the grassland portion light green and the forested region in dark green.

Additional Layers

  • Louis Riel was the big personality and leader of the North-West Rebellion.  Learn about his life and how his death changed Canada.
  • This rebellion is one of the few armed conflicts between the Canadian government and the First Nations people.  Why did Canada not have “Indian Wars” like their neighbor to the south?
  • The North-West Mounted Police (Mounties) were in charge of putting down the rebellion.  Learn more about this “police” force and their role in Canadian history.

More From Layers of Learning

We write curriculum and we give away lots of free lessons and printables.  Here are some you might like. Just click on the image to go to the resource.

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