Louis Riel

On this day in 1844, my fifth cousin, twice removed, Louis Riel, was born in the Red River Colony, where Winnipeg now stands. As a political and spiritual leader of the Metis people of the Canadian prairies, he led two resistance movements against the Canadian government, seeking to preserve Metis rights and culture.

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He was arrested and charged with treason before being executed in 1885. Read about him in my novel Manitoba: Ancestors Book 15.

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