Louis Riel Biography

Louis David Riel was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. He is regarded by many today as a Canadian folk hero.

The first resistance was the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870. The provisional government established by Riel ultimately negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation. Riel was forced into exile in the United States due to the controversial execution of Thomas Scott during the rebellion. Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba". While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Louis Riel
Nationality:
Canada
Profession:
Politician
Ethnicity:
Métis people, Dene
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1844
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
November 16, 1885
Age at Death:
41
Cause of Death:
Hanging
Louis Riel Timeline
  • 1869-07-19
    Louis Riel speaks at a meeting of Metis residents about rights, setting in motion the events now referred to as the Red River Rebellion
  • 1870-03-04
    On command of Louis Riel, Thomas Scott is executed by a firing squad. Riel rejects all appeals and requests to intervene in an attempt to demonstrate to the Canadian government that the Metis must be taken seriously
  • 1872-03-02
    Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1885-03-19
    Louis Riel returns to Canada, proclaims provisional government, Sask
  • 1885-03-26
    Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
  • 1885-05-12
    The Battle of Batoche concludes. Louis Riel and and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel
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