Telling a new story at Batoche National Historic Site
Together with Parks Canada and Métis partners, we produced a new interpretive plan that shifts focus away from a colonist-centred view of the 1885 Resistance and toward the idea of Batoche as Métis Home. The new approach and new interpretive plan—and the process to get there—met with approval and positive feedback from the partner community, and the Site now has a complete interpretive sign strategy, with themes, outlines, and locations for over 40 signs that they are able to use for further fundraising.
The interpretive planning process was completed in under three months. Parks Canada facilitated and coordinated partner interviews, with prominent Métis people and organizations including local artists, politicians, academics, Métis Nation Local 51 and the Gabriel Dumont Institute. We conducted about 23 hours of stakeholder interviews to identify a new way of approaching non-personal interpretation at the site.