Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Metis Artifacts on eBay Prompt Sorrow and Skepticism from Community

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Metis Artifacts on eBay Prompt Sorrow and Skepticism from Community

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Metis artifacts on eBay arouse controversy

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REGINA - Many in the Metis community are reacting with sorrow and skepticism to the sale on eBay of artifacts claimed to be from a Metis leader involved in the 1885 Battle of Batoche.

The seller writes on eBay that she believes the medicine bag, feather and stick is from a grave, and mentions the Battle of Batoche in her post.

Merelda Fiddler-Potter, the Dallas Smythe Chair at the University of Regina, says it's heartbreaking to think the items might have been taken from the grave of a Metis person.

She says her own great-great-grandfather was the last person killed in the battle in 1885, so to think that someone would steal something from a grave "is just very disappointing."

The seller says she bought the items from an auction in Wiltshire, England. …

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