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Gabriel Dumont

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Gabriel Dumont

Gabriel Dumont (December, 1837May 19, 1906) was a leader of the Métis people of what is now western Canada. In 1873 Dumont was elected to the presidency of the short-lived commune of St-Laurent; afterward he continued to play a leading role among the Métis of the South Saskatchewan River. He played a critical role in bringing Louis Riel back to Canada, in order to get the government to pay attention to the troubles of the Métis people. He was adjutant general in the provisional Métis government declared in Manitoba in 1885, and commanded the Métis forces in the North-West Rebellion or North West Resistance of 1885. He was also involved in the Battle of Seven Oaks.

In 1998, the public French first language high school in London, Ontario was re-named École Secondaire Gabriel-Dumont in his honour.

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