Although badly battered this slightly tinted image of a Canadian militiaman dates from sometime around the late 1807's to the early
1880's. This soldier wears the Canadian version of the British 1877-81 pattern tunic which continued to be worn in Canada long after it
was superseded by the 1881 pattern tunic in the regular British forces. He is armed with what most likely is a Snider-Enfield single shot
breech loader and his pack can be seen on the floor to the left of the rifle's butt. While the Snider had long been replaced by the
Martini-Henry in the British army by the time of Louis Riel's 1885 uprising it was still in front line use by the Canadian militia.

1/6 Plate Tintype or Ferrotype
Unknown Photographer
Canada
c. 1880