Louis Riel Legacy

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The nineteenth century included many well known, key figures such as Louis Riel. At this time in history, actions of civilians, were setting the fundaments of Canada in motion. It was clear, from the very beginning of his education, that riel was a standout student. Riel was identified as a strong candidate for priest school, given a scholarship and attended a Sulpician school in Montréal until his father’s death in 1864. His father, Louis Riel, Sr. was a businessman and political leader in the métis community. His political legacy likely influenced his son, Louis Riel Jr. Who than returned to Red River, his childhood home to support his family, and widowed mother after his father’s death.

In 1869, The Hudson’s Bay Company was under pressure
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Finally, after all those years away from home, he was needed. The Red River rebellion had won many laws and rights for manitoba and they wanted him to help Saskatchewan. After multiple community meetings, Riel wrote up a petition which was signed by the community and later dispatched to ottawa. (http://shsb.mb.ca/en/node/1377) “It demanded that the settlers be given title to the lands they then occupied, that the districts of Saskatchewan, Assiniboia and Alberta be granted provincial status, that laws be passed to encourage the nomadic Indians and Métis to settle on the land and that the Indians be better treated.” The government acknowledged the petition, and promised to appoint a commission to investigate. However, similar statements had been made before, and the saskatchewan métis, were wary of such promises. Angry with the governments response, Riel put forward a motion to create a provisional government. When the motion did not pass, a 10-point “Revolutionary Bill of Rights” was drafted. After word was received that the federal government was sending five hundred soldiers to Batch in answer to the Métis petitions, Riel formed his own provisional government and assembled a small military force. They seized Batoche's church and the surrounding area of Duck lake. The North West rebellion had begun. Riel decided that they must capture Fort Carlton, he wanted this action to go without violence, alas there was no time to conclude the negotiations because fighting broke out. The skirmish lasted roughly thirty minutes and was dubbed the “Duck lake battle” , the initial conflict of the North West rebellion. The rebel victory at Duck lake, encouraged multiple minuscule killings around the area, although the canadiens ultimately overwhelmed the métis soldiers, and Riel surrendered
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