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Louis Riel, Founder of Manitoba, Brought to Life Through Books and Videos

February 15, 2023

Louis Riel the founder of Manitoba was a lifelong advocate for Métis rights. He shaped the future of Manitoba and was an important figure in Canadian politics.

Did you know?

  • As a young man he was educated in Montreal at a junior seminary.
  • Was head of the provisional government set up in 1969 to govern what was to become Manitoba.
  • Negotiated the Manitoba Act in 1870, making Manitoba a province of Canada.
  • Twice elected in 1873 and 1874 to the Canadian Parliament in the federal riding of Provencher, but unable to take his seat due to hostile feelings in Eastern Canada.
  • Officially exiled from Canada in 1875 for his political activity.
  • A husband and father of two children.
  • Executed by the Canadian Government in 1885 for his participation in the Métis demands for rights and resistance in what was to become the province of Saskatchewan.

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Louis Riel Books

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Louis Riel Videos

Riel Country

Riel Country

The great possibility : Louis Riel & the Métis resistance

The great possibility : Louis Riel & the Métis resistance

The Mystery of the Bell

The Mystery of the Bell

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Written by Bettina Allen, Reference & Circulation Coordinator (Library and Academic Services)

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