The Helper Of The Metis

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Red River Resistance

People refer Louis Riel as a traitor because of what he did to Canada in the Red River resistance the event that made Louis Riel have a name for himself. They say he is a traitor for killing Thomas Scott, but what he did for the Metis to get them different land is a sign of a hero. Don't forget "a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself". This quote is exactly What Louis Riel did for the Metis. Louis Riel made sure that his people are treated like people and not just some animals that are "taking up their land". Louis blackmailed Canada by taking up the docks, and without any railway John A MacDonald gave the Metis some bill of rights that Louis Riel asked for. Louis helped others rather than himself and thats what a true hero is.

The Metis Bill of rights

1. "That in view of the present exceptional position of the Northwest, duties up goods imported into the country shall continue as at present (except in the case of spirituous liquors) for three years, and for such further time as may elapse, until there be uninterrupted railroad communication between Red River settlement and St. Paul, and also steam communications between Red River settlement and Lake Superior.

2. As long as this country remains a territory in the Dominion of Canada, there shall be no direct taxation, except such as may be imposed by the local legislature, for municipal or other local purposes.

3. That during the time this country shall remain in the position of a territory, in the Dominion of Canada, all military, civil and other public expenses, in connection with the general government of the country, or that have hitherto been borne by the public funds of the settlement, beyond the receipt of the above mentioned duties, shall be met by the Dominion of Canada.

4. That while the burden of public expense in this territory is borne by Canada, the country be governed by a Lieutenant-Governor from Canada, and a Legislature, three members of whom being heads of departments of the Government, shall be nominated by the Governor General of Canada.

5. That after the expiration of this exceptional period, the country shall be governed, as regards its local affairs, as the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec are now governed, by a Legislature by the people, and a Ministry responsible to it under a Lieutenant- Governor, appointed by the Governor General of Canada.

6. That there shall be no interference by the Dominion Parliament in the local affairs of this territory, other than is allowed in the provinces, and that this territory shall have and enjoy in all respects, the same privileges, advantages and aids in meeting the public expenses of this territory as the provinces have and enjoy.

7. That, while the Northwest remains a territory, the Legislature have a right to pass all laws local to the territory, over the veto of the Lieutenant-Governor by a two-third vote.

8. A homestead and pre-emption law.

9. That, while the Northwest remains a territory, the sum of $25,000 a year be appropriated for schools, roads and bridges.

10. That all the public buildings be at the expense of the Dominion treasury.

11. That there shall be guaranteed uninterrupted steam communication to Lake Superior, within five years; and also the establishment, by rail, of a connection with the American railway as soon as it reaches the international line.

12. That the military force required in this country be composed of natives of the country during four years. [Withdrawn after a vote of 16 yeas to 23 nays.]

13. That the English and French languages be common in the Legislature and Courts, and that all public documents and acts of the Legislature be published in both languages.

14. That the Judge of the Supreme Court speak the French and English languages.

15. That treaties be concluded between the Dominion and the several Indian tribes of the country as soon as possible.

16. That, until the population of the country entitles us to more, we have three representatives in the Canadian Parliament, one in the Senate, and two in the Legislative Assembly.

17. That all the properties, rights and privileges as hitherto enjoyed by us be respected, and that the recognition and arrangement of local customs, usages and privileges be made under the control of the Local Legislature.

18. That the Local Legislature of this territory have full control of all the lands inside a circumference having upper Fort Garry as a centre, and that the radius of this circumference be the number of miles that the American line is distant from Fort Garry.

19. That every man in the country (except uncivilized and unsettled Indians) who has attained the age of 21 years, and every British subject, a stranger to this country who has resided three years in this country and is a householder, shall have a right to vote at the election of a member to serve in the Legislature of the country, and in the Dominion Parliament; and every foreign subject, other than a British subject, who has resided the same length of time in the country, and is a householder, shall have the same right to vote on condition of his taking the oath of allegiance, it being understood that this article be subject to amendment exclusively by the Local Legislature.

20. That the Northwest territory shall never be held liable for any portion of the L- 300,000 paid to the Hudson's Bay Company or for any portion of the public debt of Canada, as it stands at the time of our entering the confederation; and if, thereafter, we be called upon to assume our share of said public debt, we consent only, on condition that we first be allowed the amount for which we shall be held liable."

North west resistance

North West Resistance. The becoming of a True hero

Every hero should be loyal and for Louis Riel he was loyal for The people of the Metis, even knowing he could get himself killed it all started in 1884. The Metis had brought Louis Riel from being exile in USA to Canada to take part in the resistance. The resistance was to fight against Sr. John A MacDonald and the Canadian government. The Metis wanted better rights and Louis Riel tried his best to to do so using the same Blackmail method he used in the red river resistance. The Problem for this hero the Canadian government had a plan to stop him. THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAD HIS Kryptonite. His Kryptonite was the Railway Sr.John A MacDonald built. Louis Riel method worked in the last resistance because Sr.John A MacDonald hadn't had his railway built to stop Louis Riel, but since he did have his railway complete he could send in troops to capture him and stop his riot.

North West Resistance

Execution of Louis Riel. The End to A hero's Reign

July 21, 1885 the court Gave Louis Riel one week to give enough time for witness to appear.

The deciding of Louis Riel began July 28, 1885 and went on until August 1, 1885. They sentenced Louis Riel to hang on September 18, 1885. The Manitoba court of Queens Bench would later appeal to have the sentence on September 2 but later postponing it to October 16. The Second appeal was to postpone it to November 10, 1885, but MacDonald was uncertain. The court was unable to determine him insane making his death sentence to November 16, 1885. Louis Riel would meet with his family give his will and write a letter to him mother a week before he died. Louis Riel was Born October 22 1844 and died on November 16 1885. Making him only live a 41 year old life. R.I.P Louis Riel, The founder of Manitoba, The leader of the Metis and French Canadians.

Your turn to decide

I just gave you a summary about Louis Riel's life and my opinion, and yes I do think Louis Riel is a hero for what he did to protect his people the Metis. No hero would fight for no reason, and yes it is all the Canadians fault Louis Riel had to do what he had to do and die.