An 1874 Christmas at Fort Macleod
The First North-West Mounted Police Christmas: Fort Macleod, 1874
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December, 1874 was a cold month in many ways for the newly-arrived North-West Mounted Police at their posts in modern day Alberta. They were homesick and had suffered a long and arduous journey across the prairies. Lt. Col. James Macleod brought together his men and the local Indigenous people, to mark the occasion and lift spirits at the newly constructed fort named after him. A true one-of-a-kind Christmas story is shared here by researcher-writer Laura Kirbyson. HPOC will be seeking information on this historic day from the area First Nations and Métis communities, and will provide an update with any information that is uncovered to add to the story.