Louis Riel Project Part 1

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  • For over 100 years, Red River Metís occupied Rupert's Land. They lived harmoniously with nature. "In 1857, the Canadian government sent scientific teams to the West to learn about the climate and resources in the area. The scientists reported that parts of Rupert's Land were well suited to farm ... and had a wealth of natural resources."1 
  • The Canadian Government was worried if it did not make a claim of Rupert's Land, the Americans would.  Soon after the formation of the Confederation 1867, the Government negotiated with the Hudson Bank's Company to purchase Rupert's Land.  The indigenous people were excluded from discussions and opinion. In 1869, Rupert's Land was bought for $1.5 million. 
  • Rupert's Land now belongs to the Canadian government.
  • I'm worried about assimilation, I must warn my people..
  • The fear of assimilation loomed in the minds of the Metís : -Would there be a role for Metís and First Nations in the new Government? -Would the Red River Metís be able to keep their French and Catholic religions? -Would the Red River Metis be able to continue their way of living, language and culture?
  • My people we might be assimilated by the English people.
  • Speaking in Mischif language.
  • -Continuing the same conversation with the woman- -Would they be able to keep their farmland and their lifestyle? -Would English speaking Protestants from the East be superior to them? Only at the time can tell.
  • What will happen to our ways of living?
  • Speaking in Mischif language.
  • In October 1869 a survey party, appointed by William McDougall, arrived to claim Rupert's Land. As they arrived, they only spoke English so they went to retrieve a fellow Metís named Louis Riel. He spoke English, French, and Cree fluently.
  • We have come to claim Rupert's Land
  • -Talking Mischif-
  • We do not know what they are saying. We will ask Louis Riel to help us.
  • In November 1869 Louis Riel emerged to oppose the English from claiming Rupert's Land. He became a Metís spokesmen and stopped them from claiming Rupert's Land on December 1st, 1869. 
  • Leave our land now!!
  • We will come back soon so be prepared.
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