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Battle of Loon Lake
This was the last battle of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. A force of 47 white soldiers led by Major Sam Steele, met and battled the Anishinabe soldiers under ogima Big Bears leadership, on June 3, 1885, and defeated them. Ogima Big Bears soldiers had with them a large number of white and mixed blood captives, which they wisely used in this battle. By the time of this battle, the Anishinabe soldiers were practically without weapons which ogima Big Bear and the other Anishinabe ogimak (leaders), were very aware of. After learning of the approach of the 47 white soldiers, the 150 Anishinabe soldiers prepared for the coming battle, and actually fared well against the smaller but better armed white military force. After a short battle, the Anishinabek realized they could not defeat the better armed whites, then freed their white and mixed blood captives, then fled up north. This battle occurred just north of the previous battle at Frenchman's Butte, in extreme western Saskatchewan. Anishinabe casualties were from 5 to 12 killed. White casualties were 7 wounded. After the end of this 1885 conflict, large numbers of Anishinabe people commenced an exodus towards the north, into northern Alberta, northern Saskatchewan, northern British Columbia, and into what are now the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon.