red river
Updated: 5/30/2020
red river
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  • Prime Minister John A. McDonald was building a railroad across Canada, but could not cross Manitoba as it was not yet part of Canada. He sent in surveyors to map it out and the people resisted.
  • Louis Riel was born on Octodber 22, 1844 in Red River, He was considered the father of Manitoba. He was the leader of the Metis where he protected their rights when the land that was their home became part of Canada.
  • Ambroise Lepine was a military leader of the Metis under the command of Louis Riel during Red River Rebellion. When Hudson Bay sold to the Dominion of Canada. Metis and First Nation resisted and the rebellion began. The government sent in 9000 troops and won.
  • Louis was wanted for treason by the Government if Canada, To avoid capture, he fled to United States and did not return to Canada till 1884.
  • In 1884, the Metis call Louis to come back to Canada and help fight for their rights.
  • May 12, 1885, Louis surrendered to government forces. August 1, 1885 he was found builty of treason and sentenced to death by Judge Hugh Richardson. November 16, 1885, he was hanged in Regina. His last words were "I have nothing but my heart and I have given it long ago to my country".
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