Louis Riel: Father of Confederation or a Treasonous Rebel?
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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, leading to the question, is he recognized as the Father of Confederation or a treasonous rebel? 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; initiated by Riel.…show more content… This led the government to view Louis Riel as a national criminal. As a result, Manitoba was established as a province from the Red River settlement, the Manitoba Act was enacted and Riel fled into exile within U.S borders after the execution of Thomas Scott. Overall, he attempted to take a stand against a bureaucracy that threatened the Métis way of life, only to have to escape in fear of being executed.
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 once. Bearing the risk of being charged for treason, Riel believed that he felt obligated to return back to Canadian soil as a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a certainty which would later resurface and influence his actions. He led the Northwest Rebellion, which showcased the capabilities of the Métis people once again. However, the uprising