Louis Riel

Louis Riel - The Metis Nation of Western Canada
Even before Canada was born, a new race of men, who played a prominent role in the formation and settlement of western Canada, came into being. Those were the Metis (otherwise known as the half-breeds… part Indian, French, English, and/or Scottish… a mixed race). They were bold, hardy, unique, freedom loving. Such was Louis Riel. As the Hudson’s Bay Company lost its ability to govern, the Metis suffered. New taxes were levied upon them in 1885; as a result they lost essential rights and freedoms. After the HBC sold Ruperts Land to Canada and before the infant nation had acquired proper title or established legal government, there were further encroachments, upon Indian and Metis land holdings, hay and river front privileges. To ensure law and order, Louis Riel established a valid provisional government; to protect Metis and Indian rights. He initiated a draft of a Bill of Rights. He died, as a champion for his cause, and a victim of blundering mistakes on the part of government and the lack of experience from his people. There were also notably two Indian chiefs that were allies of Louis Riel, they were Chief Poundmaker and Big Bear a Cree. (see website Gallery entitled: "The First Nations of Western Canada" as a link)
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