The Manitoba Act

The Manitoba Act
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  • The Manitoba Act
  • I'm glad we are done with the conflict and can start on the negotiations
  • I want to make sure that Manitoba becomes a province not a territory because we don't want to be appointed by you
  • I agree
  • I, John A. Macdonald, pass the Manitoba Act and propose that the Manitoba Act is a compromise to please the Metis and French Canadians, as well as the English Protestants in Red River and the rest of Canada
  • Really?!
  • North-Western Territory is now renamed the North-West Territories
  • The area remained under the jurisdiction of the federal government
  • Manitoba is now officially a province
  • Rupert's Land is now renamed the North-West Territories
  • Over 5000 square kilometres of land are to be set aside for the Métis. However, the Métis inhabitants have to apply for title to their own properties and register their legal ownership of the land.
  • After months of conflict, negotiations began between the provisional government and the Canadian government. The provisional government wanted to make sure that Manitoba became a province because provinces are self-governing, while territories have governments appointed by the Canadian government in Ottawa.
  • “1. The right to elect our Legislature. 2. The Legislature to have power to pass all laws, local to the Territory, over the veto of the Executive, by a two-third vote. 9. The French and English language to be common in the Legislature and Council, and all public documents and acts of Legislature to be published in both languages. 15. That we have a full and fair representation in the Dominion Parliament.” - Métis bill of rights Manitoba is now a province where Metis religious and language rights were guaranteed
  • The Canadian government passed the Manitoba Act on May 12, 1870. Prime Minister Macdonald proposed the Manitoba Act as a compromise to please the Métis and French Canadians as well as the English Protestants in Red River and the rest of Canada.
  • To be continued
  • The Manitoba Act officially created Manitoba as a province. The rest of the North-Western Territory and Rupert’s Land was renamed the North-West Territories. The area remained under the jurisdiction of the federal government. 
  • The act also accepted most of the Métis terms from the bill of rights. Manitoba was now a province where Métis religious and language rights were guaranteed. Over 5000 square kilometres of land, including present-day Winnipeg, were to be set aside for the Métis. However, the Métis inhabitants had to apply for title to their own properties and register their legal ownership of the land.
  • Lastly, the Red River Expedition
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