Louis Riel is a passionate Métis leader. He was a mix of Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteaux, French Canadian, Scottish and English descent. I am Métis, a mix of Abenaki, Huron, Mi’kmaq, Irish, French and English descent. He dreamt of a civilised world that embraces all cultures. Many of us are still hoping and fighting for the same thing.
Louis Riel was an advocate of justice for the Métis people. He helped lay the framework for minority rights. He is regarded as a founder of Manitoba.
The government did everything to muzzle Riel. He was charged with high treason for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people.
The trial was moved from Winnipeg to Regina when the government discovered that a Manitoba jury could be half Métis. In other words, they made sure that the jury would not be composed of peers.
“He shall die though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour.” – John A. McDonald 1885, following execution of Louis Riel for treason.