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Associations Canada Online

June 21, 2019

Are you looking for organizations and contacts for student work placements? Does your department or program engage in community outreach? Perhaps it’s time to reinvigorate your organizational and community networking and contact lists.

The Library is excited to highlight the new Associations Canada Online database, which provides detailed profiles to over 20,000 Canadian and international organizations and associations, including nearly 1,000 from Manitoba. Each profile includes names, full addresses, complete contact information including website and social media addresses, budgets, sources of funding, and much more.

Other information found in the database:

Meetings, Conferences & Conventions
When and where events are happening in your field.

Awards, Scholarships & Grants
Details on awards and grants offered by Canadian associations.

Registered Charitable Organizations
Lists of associations that are registered charities, searchable by subject.

Search through the database with a seemingly endless number of search fields and limiters (budget size, city, contact name, number of employees, membership fees, etc.), and find out firsthand just how useful the resource can be for your department. Find the database on the Library Homepage under Articles/Databases, or use this link.

Blog author: Jordan Zimmerly

1919 Winnipeg General Strike 100th Anniversary

May 23, 2019

RNWMP operations in Winnipeg General Strike, 1919. Canadian government / Royal North West Mounted Police; declared to be in the Public Domain, [Public domain]

He was one of two people fatally shot in a crowd of thousands. However, the ambiguity surrounding his death seems to outweigh the death itself. Did he antagonize his aggressors or was he a passive victim? Hit by a stray bullet, perhaps? Even the spelling of his name is up for debate. Mike Sokolowski, a Ukrainian working class immigrant who was shot by North-West Mounted Police while protesting, was one of several notable people involved in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 who are now buried at the Brookside Cemetery, which neighbours Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus.

As part of the Winnipeg General Strike’s 100th anniversary activities, former CUPE president Paul Moist has organized walking tours at the Brookside Cemetery. Information regarding the official tours can be found here. For those interested in doing a daytime tour during the week, Paul is offering a lunch hour tour on two weekdays for the RRC community specifically. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both days—a different section of the cemetery will be explored each day.

Anyone planning to attend should email the Library at indicating which day(s) they will be attending. Attendance is limited to 20 participants for each day.

  • When: 12:00-1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 12. 12:00-1:00 PM, Thursday, June 13.
  • Where: Meet in front of the Administration Building at the Brookside Cemetery.

*All participants must read the Safety Guidelines.

For other exciting community events and opportunities to commemorate the Winnipeg General Strike’s 100th anniversary, be sure to check out the Manitoba Federation of Labour website and the display at the library entrance.

While the strike began as a means to improve workers’ rights, it revealed other societal issues and influenced more than just the world of organized labour. Underlying issues in politics, women’s rights, and immigration were all brought to light by the strike. If you want to learn more about the strike itself, or are interested by some of these surrounding issues, consider checking out some of the following physical and online resources that are offered at the library. Many of them will be out in the library’s main display case.

Print resources:

The Bolshevik’s Revenge (A Sam Klein mystery) – Allan Levine

The “war to end all wars” has just ended, the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia and most of the Western world is convinced that a widespread workers’ revolt is imminent. Winnipeg is no exception as sector after sector of the city is shut down by a massive General Strike, and when one of the city’s most prominent capitalists is murdered, detective Sam Klein is called in to solve the case before the city erupts in chaos.


Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism – Edited by Carisa Renae Showden and Samantha Majic

Attitudes on sex work are primarily divided between those who consider that selling sexual acts is legitimate work and those who consider it a form of exploitation. Organized into three parts, Negotiating Sex Work rejects this either/or framework and offers instead-diverse and compelling contributions that aim to reframe these viewpoints.


We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left After the General Strike – Stefan Epp-Koop

We’re Going to Run This City explores the dynamic political movement that came out of the largest labour protest in Canadian history and the ramifications for Winnipeg throughout the 1920s and 1930s.



Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement – Desmond Morton

Working People tells the story of the men and women in the labour movement in Canada and their struggle for security, dignity, and influence in our society. Highlighting some of the great events of labour history, Desmond Morton explores the clash between idealists, who fought for socialism, industrial democracy, and equality for women and men, and the realists who wrestled with the human realities of self-interest, prejudice, and fear.



Bloody Saturday: The Winnipeg General Strike – CBC documentary by Andy Blicq

Was the strike a legitimate protest against low wages, poor working conditions and a lack of bargaining rights, or was it an attempt by immigrants to import “Bolshevism” and a new political order? Bloody Saturday takes a contemporary look at the key moments of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and how lives were lost and changed.


Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Post-War Canada – Joan Sangster

Transforming Labour offers one of the first critical assessments of women’s paid labour during the quarter century after the close of the Second World War, a period when more and more women, particularly those with families, were going ‘out to work’. Using case studies from across Canada, Joan Sangster explores a range of themes, including women’s experiences within unions, Aboriginal women’s changing patterns of work, and the challenges faced by immigrant women. By charting women’s own efforts to ameliorate their work lives as well as factors that re-shaped the labour force, Sangster challenges the commonplace perception of this era as one of conformity, domesticity for women, and feminist inactivity.


Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers are Disrupting the Digital Economy – Trebor Scholz

One of network culture’s toughest critics, Trebor Scholz chronicles the work of workers in the “sharing economy,” and the free labor on sites like Facebook, to take these myths apart. In this rich, accessible, and provocative book, Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights. The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker-owned “platform cooperatives,” rethink unions, and build a better future of work. A call to action, loud and clear, Uberworked and Underpaid shows that it is time to stop wage theft and “crowd fleecing,” rethink wealth distribution, and address the urgent question of how digital labor should be regulated and how workers from Berlin, Barcelona, and Seattle can act in solidarity to defend their rights.


Blog author: Jordan Zimmerly

Welding Guide

May 7, 2019

Myth: Trades students don’t use the library.

Fact: Many do especially to learn WHMIS on our computers, get WI-FI on their personal devices, or ask general questions. Why? We provide a service to help students access the information they need in an approachable manner. This same goal goes into the new Welding guide with information about our welding resources from print to streaming video, perhaps answer a point-of-need question, and maybe serve as a starting point to begin asking those questions.  The guide aims to complement the hands-on learning in the shop while pursuing life-long learning.

Find the WELDING guide here:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – Welding is in the Skilled Trades section – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Other guides you may find interesting:

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

Earth Day 2019

April 15, 2019

Earth day AV display ad

With more than 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities each year, Earth Day (April 22) has become the world’s largest environmental movement. To celebrate Earth Day, AV Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library has put together a selection of intriguing videos designed to inform us about environmental issues. We invite you to come by the Library and find something to watch or stay online and view in streaming mode (log in required).

Learn more: Earth Day 2019 Videos

Earth Day 2019 Video Highlights

Streaming Video

Below are four streaming video highlights from Earth Day 2019 selections. For more options, try your own search of the Library’s collection (examples below):

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Carbon nation  A documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.

Trou Story  The history of mining in Canada is the story of astronomical profits made with disregard for the environment and human health. Using striking images, rare archival footage, interviews and their trademark humorous social commentary, the directors make a compelling case against the way mining has been done in Canada.

Toxic Trespass  Delves into the chemical soup that surrounds us and that we’ve taken for granted. We meet passionate activists, doctors and scientists who see clear evidence of often-denied links between the environment and health, and are working for change.

This Changes Everything  Presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.


Below are four DVD highlights from Earth Day 2019 selections. We invite you to search our catalogue to find what interests you and/or visit the Library for friendly and knowledgeable service.

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Racing to Zero  Follows the collective zero waste efforts of San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps: increased recycling, creative re-purposing, composting to recycle organics back into the earth, and changing patterns of production and consumption. Diminishing non-recyclables have already radically reduced the amount of garbage that is sent to the city’s landfills.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion  Brings to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning, and gender inequality. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue.

Trees in Trouble  When the emerald ash borer invaded Cincinnati, thousands of trees died and the city nearly went broke responding to the problem. This film documents the situation in Cincinnati and explores the history of urban forestry, the environmental and social benefits of trees in cities, and the dangers posed by invasive insect species.

Queen of the Sun  Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.

Learn more: AV Services on the Web >>


–Posted by Linda Fox, Library Services

World Water Day 2019

March 8, 2019

Every year on March 22nd we celebrate World Water Day, this year’s theme is No One Left Behind. The UN has created a list of Sustainable Development goals to have completed by 2030, and safe drinking water for all is number 6.

Books and eBooks

To celebrate, we’ve picked a few titles that remind us of the importance of water. Check out our offerings below, or view many of these titles in our Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Bottled & Sold

Bottled and Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years-and why we are poorer for it. It’s a big story and water is big business. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. “Designer” H2O may be laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It comes down to society’s choices about human rights, the role of government and free markets, the importance of being “green,” and fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze, exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic necessity.

Eau Canada : the future of Canada‘s water

As the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned, Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that Canadian water is under threat. Eau Canada assembles the country’s top water experts to discuss our most pressing water issues. Perspectives from a broad range of thinkers – geographers, environmental lawyers, former government officials, aquatic and political scientists, and economists – reflect the diversity of concerns in water management.


The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Oceans are One

This book tie-in to National Geographic’s ambitious 5-year ocean initiative—focusing on overfishing—is written in National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle’s accessible yet hard-hitting voice. Through compelling personal stories she puts the current and future peril of the ocean and the life it supports in perspective for a wide public audience.


Sandra Postel takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with, rather than against, nature’s rhythms. In New Mexico, forest rehabilitation is safeguarding drinking water; along the Mississippi River, farmers are planting cover crops to reduce polluted runoff; and in China, “sponge cities” are capturing rainwater to curb urban flooding. Efforts like these will be essential as climate change disrupts both weather patterns and the models on which we base our infrastructure. We will be forced to adapt. The question is whether we will continue to fight the water cycle or recognize our place in it and take advantage of the inherent services nature offers. Water, Postel writes, is a gift, the source of life itself. How will we use this greatest of gifts?

Water 4.0

To make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand the three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system. The author starts by describing Water 1.0, the early Roman aqueducts, fountains, and sewers that made dense urban living feasible.




Seasick : ocean change and the extinction of life on Earth

In Seasick, veteran science journalist Alanna Mitchell dives beneath the surface of the world’s oceans to give readers a sense of how this watery realm can be managed and preserved, and with it life on earth. Each chapter features a different group of researchers, who introduce readers to the importance of ocean currents, the building of coral structures, or the effects of acidification.


Water Is Life : Women’s Human Rights in National and Local Water Governance in Southern and Eastern Africa [E-Book]

This book approached water and sanitation as an African gender and human rights issue. Empirical case studies from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe show how coexisting international, national and local regulations of water and sanitation respond to the ways in which different groups of rural and urban women gain access to water for personal, domestic and livelihood purposes.

Dirty Water : One Man’s Fight to Clean Up One of the World’s Most Polluted Bays [E-Book]

Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay–and won.This is the fast-paced story of how this unusual cast of characters created an environmental movement in Los Angeles that continues to this day with the nationally recognized Heal the Bay. Character-driven, compelling, and uplifting, Dirty Water tells how even the most polluted water can be cleaned up-by ordinary people.


Videos for International Women’s Day #BalanceforBetter

March 7, 2019

International Women's Day banner

International Women’s Day, 2019 #BalanceforBetter

For over a century, March 8 has been declared International Women’s Day. This day is about celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and promoting gender equality. This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is accompanied by the following explanation:

“Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage … Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”

NDC Library Video Display Available Until March 13

Just like International Women’s Day, effective video is a powerful means to increase awareness about women’s issues. We encourage you to check out our video display at NDC Library, AV Services (available until March 13, 2019). Below are a few highlights and some streaming suggestions.

DVD Highlights

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He Named Me Malala

An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. She has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women

Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. A range of new print and television advertisements lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes–images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. Also available in streaming format.

Hidden Figures

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Crossing all gender, race, and professional lines, their brilliance and desire to dream big firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

In the Name of the Family

Friends and family of murdered girls paint a chilling portrait of the forces that led to their deaths, and Toronto schoolgirls talk about their lives of constant fear. This documentary challenges the traditions that lie behind the heartbreaking tragedies committed against young girls caught between two cultures in North America.

Streaming Video Highlights

Here are some selections from RRC Library’s video databases — and NFB Campus. To learn more about our complete streaming video collection, visit our Streaming Video guide. A Red River College user ID and password is required to view all online content.

Missing and murdered collection

How much do you know…?







 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Collection

The statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women are stark and staggering. The videos in this collection present a snapshot of the situation and recount the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy. (

Who were the key women in Canadian history? How well do we know their stories? Moderated by Marivel Taruc, host of CBC’s Our Toronto, the panel includes: Pamela Sugiman, Ryerson University; Funke Aladejebi, York University; and Tarah Brookfield, Wilfrid Laurier University. (

Gulistan, land of roses

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 Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Travels deep into the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan, where armed female guerillas defend Kurdish territory against ISIS. These women share their most intimate thoughts and offer a window into this largely unknown world. This film exposes the hidden feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom. (NFB Campus)

The World Before Her

Sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the Miss Indian pageant and the forces that oppose them. Hindu fundamentalists view pageants and their “international” beauty standards as immoral and a symbol of the rapid Westernization of India; protests are common. (NFB Campus)

Explore more:





 Comments or Questions?

If you have any comments or questions about video resources at RRC Library, or you are an instructor and would like to recommend a purchase, please email us at, call at 204-632-2231, or visit us in person in the Library.


Posted by Linda Fox — RRC Library


Civil Engineering Guide

March 6, 2019

There are multiple facets to being a Civil Engineer.

Did you know that Red River College Library has many great resources on the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, pipelines, structural components of buildings, and more?  Check out our guide on Civil Engineering for links to many resources (print and electronic).

Find the CIVIL ENGINEERING guide here:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – Civil Engineering is in the Engineering and Construction Technology section – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Other guides you may find interesting:

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

AV Services has a new look on the Web

February 26, 2019

AV Services new web content

AV Services’ new Web content

There is more to AV Services than meets the eye. In our newly enhanced Web content, we would like to provide a central place where users can look up information about our services and resources. You will also find handy online forms that you may use to communicate with us. Of course, you may also stop by in person, call us, or email us at your convenience.

Hope to hear from you soon,

RRC Library – AV Services

We’re moving to Alma!

February 19, 2019

It’s a big day for the Red River College Library! Today marks the first day of the Library’s project to migrate its Voyager system to a much newer, cloud-based software platform called Alma.

Both software platforms, old and new, belong to Ex Libris, a company which has been the Library’s software vendor for the past fifteen years. Alma is the culmination of an initiative to develop a new kind of library system that streamlines procedures by incorporating the management of all resources: electronic, digital, and print, into one system.

Not only is Alma a more modern platform for resource management, it will give Library patrons improved searching and library account management via their RRC college credentials.

We project our new Alma system will be in place in July 2019, ready for the 2019-2020 academic year.

If you have any questions regarding the Alma Project please contact Mark Nelson, Alma Project Manager.

Louis Riel Day

February 8, 2019

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Window Display for materials related to Louis Riel Day.

Since Monday 18 February 2019 is Louis Riel Day, we’d like to take a moment to encapsulate some of the important resources available to our patrons regarding the Métis people and Louis Riel, one of Manitoba’s most famous historical figures.

Who was Louis Riel?

Louis Riel, a leader of his people in their resistance against the Canadian government in the Canadian Northwest, is perhaps the most controversial figure in Canadian historiography. His life and deeds have spawned a massive and diverse literature.

He was born in the Red River Settlement (in what is now Manitoba) in 1844. A promising student, he was sent to Montreal to train for the priesthood, but he never graduated. An attempt at training as a lawyer ended similarly, and by 1868 Riel was back in the Red River area. Ambitious, well educated and bilingual, Riel quickly emerged as a leader among the Métis of the Red River.

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Why Commemorate Louis Riel?

Louis Riel is recognized as an advocate of justice for the Métis people, but he represents much more. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation, and is regarded as a founder of Manitoba. It is very important to remember Louis Riel’s contribution to Canada and specifically to recall that he was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people. (Reference:

In 2008, Manitoba schools were invited to name our province’s newest holiday and 114 responded with suggestions that reflected Manitoba’s citizenship, history, culture, arts, sports and significant individuals from our past. Eleven schools submitted the winning entry and received $1,000 grants to purchase materials for their school library. (Reference:

Books and Videos

The Red River College Library has many items related to the Métis people and Louis Riel.


Song of Batoche

A historical novel about the Riel insurrection of 1885, largely from the point of view of the Métis women. It offers an interesting account of the lives of the Métis women as they move to support their husbands in the battle with Middleton. This includes Marguerite, Riel’s wife, and Madeleine, Dumont’s wife. There is also a good portrayal of Louis Riel and his struggle to create a homeland for the Métis on the South Saskatchewan and also to create a new Catholic religion. Also an interesting account of Dumont as he struggles to stay loyal to Riel as he begins to realize what Riel’s new religious views mean.


Rooster Town : the history of an urban Métis community, 1901-1961

A Métis enclave at Winnipeg’s edge. Melonville. Smokey Hollow. Bannock Town. Fort Tuyau. Little Chicago. Mud Flats. Pumpville. Tintown. La Coulee. These were some of the names given to Métis communities at the edges of urban areas in Manitoba. Rooster Town, which was on the outskirts of southwest Winnipeg endured from 1901 to 1961. Those years in Winnipeg were characterized by the twin pressures of depression and inflation, chronic housing shortages, and a spotty social support network. At the city’s edge, Rooster Town grew without city services as rural Métis arrived to participate in the urban economy and build their own houses while keeping Métis culture and community as a central part of their lives.


Quiet revolution west : the rebirth of Métis nationalism

Explores various dimensions of the renaissance of the Métis nation in western Canada. It also explains Métis nationalism and the Métis nationalist movement as a historical and contemporary force in Canadian politics. In paying particular attention to the interplay of this nationalist movement with Canada’s constitutional initiatives starting with Pierre Elliott Trudeau, it is the story of how a people’s historic struggle for nationhood within Canadian federalism has become an essential part of Canada’s attempt to redefine itself since patriation.


Louis Riel : let justice be done

Louis Riel, prophet of the new world and founder of the Canadian province of Manitoba, has challenged Canadian politics, history and religion since the early years of Confederation. In Canada’s most important and controversial state trial, Riel was found guilty of “high treason,” sentenced to hang and executed on November 16, 1885. Was the execution of Riel the hanging of a traitor? Or the legal murder of a patriot and statesman? As reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is on the minds of many today, these are questions that must receive thoughtful answers. Weaving together Riel’s words, writing and recent historical research, long-time Riel activist David Doyle provides Louis Riel with the opportunity for the first time to give his own account of his political career so as to assume his proper place in Canada’s history as its Indigenous (Métis) Father of Confederation.


Louis Riel : firebrand

Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. A fiery activist, he struggled against injustice as he saw it. He was a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal rights and land claims but was branded an outlaw in his own time. In 1885, he was executed for treason. In 1992, the House of Commons declared Riel a founder of Manitoba. November 16 is now designated Louis Riel Day in Canada.



Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography

Chester Brown reinvents the comic-book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Métis leader. Brown coolly documents with dramatic subtlety the violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie led by Riel, who some regard a martyr who died in the name of freedom, while others consider him a treacherous murderer.



Louis Riel

Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Métis nation. Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his Métis people against the new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change.



Riel’s Defence : Perspectives on His Speeches

In 1885, Louis Riel was charged with high treason, found guilty, and consequently executed for his role in Saskatchewan’s North-West Rebellion. During his trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel’s Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel’s political and personal concerns.



Riel (Video on Demand) (Login Required)

A nostalgic look back at the 1979 Dramatization of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Under their leader, Louis Riel, the Métis rose up against the government of Sir John A. MacDonald. Stars Raymond Cloutier as Louis Riel. Also includes Roger Blay, Maury Chaykin, Arthur Hill, Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Plummer and William Shatner in supporting roles. (Converted from VHS)