Battle of Cut Knife Hill National Historic Site of Canada

Un groupe de personnes debout à l'extérieur sur une colline
Eyewitness Harriet Yellow Mud Blanket Jr describing the victory at the Battle of Cut Knife (1885) to W.B. Cameron, Mr. & Mrs. Campbell Innes, J.S. Bell (Indian agent) and Paul Lewis (farm instructor). Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, September 22, 1947, Everett Baker Slides.
© Photo courtesy of the Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society.

The Battle of Cut Knife Hill was designated a national historic site in 1923.

Commemorative plaque: Cut Knife, Poundmaker Cree Nation, SaskatchewanFootnote 1

The Battle of Cut Knife Hill

On May 2, 1885, after the relief of Battleford, Col. W.D. Otter and a flying column of 305 men advanced on Poundmaker's reserve at Cut Knife where the Cree and Assiniboine bands of Battleford Agency were gathered. The surprise attack failed and after six hours fighting Otter retreated to Battleford. On Poundmaker's orders the Indians declined pursuit but, convinced of white hostility, moved to join Riel at Batoche. When word came of the Métis defeat there, Poundmaker and his bands surrendered at Battleford on May 26. *Note: This designation has been identified for review. A review can be triggered for one of the following reasons - outdated language or terminology, absence of a significant layer of history, factual errors, controversial beliefs and behaviour, or significant new knowledge.

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English plaque inscription

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