Louis Riel: A National Hero of Canada

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"We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on." (Louis Riel, 1884). Louis Riel, a man of great nature and abiding love for his western Métis heritage, is proven to be one of the most revolutionary men looked upon in the chronicles of the Dominion of Canada. In spite of this, he remains as one of the most controversial and cryptic figures throughout the course of Canadian history. A period of revolution lasting from the 1870’s to the late 1880’s was condemned with constant revolts justified as an intervening year for those involved. Louis Riel is regarded as a hero by preserving the civil liberties and identities of the Métis and leading two …show more content…
Overall, He tried to take a stand against a bureaucracy that threatened the Métis way of life

The second rebellion took place in 1885, branded as the Northwest Resistance. It began once again when unresolved Métis grievances towards the Canadian Government began to heighten. They were apprehensive regarding the encroachment onto their lands by the Canadian regime; in addition, they were fearful that their settlements and lifestyle would be vanished. Their only tactic was to stand up for their rights and dignity. The Métis people requested for Louis Riel return once again, as they wish the predicament they found themselves in would end soon. While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, but never seized his seat. Bearing the risk of being charged for treason, Riel felt obligated to return back to Canadian soil. He led the Northwest Rebellion, which showcased the capabilities of the Métis people once again. However, the uprising was deemed to be unsuccessful between the Métis and the Dominion of Canada. They considered they failed to deliver the message of their concern for the lives of their people’s existence, protection of their rights and land. The revolt was based largely on the result of slaughter of the buffalo, an influx of settlers, and the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, in which much of it is a violation in the signed treaties. The outcome from the rebellion exhibited the Canadian government to shut it down by force,
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