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MODULE 3 :

THE NORTH-WEST REBELLION

WHAT HAPPENED TO LOUIS RIEL AFTER HE LEFT MANITOBA IN 1870?

 

Click here for a definition of the Metis people

The Metis had problems with the government in Saskatchewan, just like in Manitoba. In 1884 the Metis asked Louis Riel to come and help them. Louis Riel asked the Canadian government to listen to what the Metis wanted. The government did not. On March 19, 1885, Louis Riel and his followers took over the church in Batoche. They formed their own government.

The Canadian government sent troops to Saskatchewan. Under Louis Riel, the Metis fought battles with Canadian troops at Duck Lake, Fish Creek and Batoche. This was called the North-West Rebellion. Louis Riel was captured by Canadian troops and hanged in November 1885 in Regina, Saskatchewan, for treason.

In 1992, the Canadian government officially recognized that Louis Riel and the Metis had "just cause to fight against the Canadian government." Metis people are working with the Canadian government to establish rights.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these Metis still live in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Here are some of them!

 
Edna Jerome
France Lemay
Augustine Abraham
 
Dr. Olive Dickason