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Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier is the twenty-third book in the Dear Canada series. The book was written by Maxine Trottier and was her third for the series. It was published in January 2009 and translated into French the same year. The book was followed by A Desperate Road to Freedom.


"For Bill and Kelly"

Book description[]

"Le 30 avril 1885
The thought of no food is frightening, but so is the fact that there is little ammunition for the guns of our soldiers, though we hear that many of the women have been melting down their pots and making as many bullets as they can. Adrian and Papa are well armed, but some of our men have only old-fashioned muskets or duck guns. They are good enough for hunting, but if you are hunting men
I must not think of people that way.
Middleton's army has modern guns. They have cannon and something called a Gatling gun. Edmond says that the Gatling gun spits out bullets, hundreds and hundreds in less than a minute. Compared to those soldiers, we may as well be armed with brooms.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Blood Upon Our Land characters


Main article: Maxine Trottier



"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript, to Lawrence Barkwell of the Louis Riel Institute and author of Metis Legacy Vol. I, Metis Legacy Vol. II, La Lawng: Michif Peekishkwewin, Vols. I & II, Batoche 1885: The Militia of the Metis Liberation Movement and Women of the 1885 Resistance, for lending his expertise re Louis Riel and the Resistance. Our thanks also to Tyrone Tootoosis for checking the Cree glossary; Bruce Flamont, one of the last remaining Michif speakers, for checking the Michif terms and glossary and commenting on the manuscript; and Martine Faubert for checking the French words and glossary. Our thanks also to Dr. Bill Waiser, author of Saskatchewan: A New History and other historical books, for his helpful input."


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from Robert Henri's 1922 painting Bernadita. The background is a detail from Sergeant Grundy's 1885 chromolithograph The Capture of Batoche.[5][6][7]


See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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