P3: Now the Metis are living in the Northwest Territory, and with a new environment comes new obstacles. In 1883, the Canadian government slashed the budget in it's indian department because they're more interested in obtaining the funds for the Canadian Pacific Railway, than give the Metis the fresh start as farmers they were promised. Receiving government food handouts was the only way the native peoples could survive. Sometimes food was not even given to "difficult indians", as a result many of the aboriginal peoples were facing starvation. Louis Riel was called back into the picture after many years of exile in the summer of 1884, Riel and the Metis had no intensions of a rebellion against the canadian government, they just wanted to be heard. Riel and a local farmer drew up a Metis Bill of Rights, this one was a lot more detailed than that of the past "List of Rights" in 1869. By the end of 1884, an uneasy tension was building, the CPR was not even close to being finished and yet they were bankrupt, and suspicions of a Metis revolt was feared. On March 19 1885, Louis held a meeting where he addressed the the points to the Metis. He told them it is possible a peaceful resolution would come out of this, but the government is forcing a war on them, and that is what they will be given. Haywire began when a negotiation attempt between the NWMP and the Metis went sour. Half an hour goes by, two Metis were shot, twelve NWMP officers were killed, and twenty-five lay wounded. Another Rebellion led by Louis Riel had begun. Over 5000 Canadian troops were fanned out throughout the Northwest to put an end to this rebellion. A scrimmage south of Batoche in april prevented troops from entering the city until May, and once in the city, 175 Metis faced off with 725 Militia in a three day skirmish. Near the end, Riel and Dumont met up to confer about their situation. Frightened, Dumont fled with his family to the United States, and on may 15th Louis turned himself in as a plea to lighten the punishment on the rest of the rebels.
P4: As Riel had planned, aboriginals who participate in he revolt were either pardoned or sentenced to a short jail term. Unfortunately, Riel himself did not get such a luxury. After his arrest, Louis was charged with high treason for rebelling against the Canadian government. This particular charge was punishable by death, and knowing the Canadian government, and their prejudice against Riel, they wanted to make him and example of their superiority. When Riel's lawyers asked the judge to admit all the Metis petitions to the government as evidence in Riel's defense, he refused. We need only look at the structure of this trial, how it was conducted and the jury to know that it was unfair (rielcoproductions.com/history.html). Riel refused his lawyers desperate attempts to make him plea insanity, so in front of a six man english protestant jury, Louis pleaded his case, and that of his people. Louis was determined to show the mistreatment of his people, and try for sympathy, he even placed the weight of this suffering on the shoulders of the Canadian government. When all failed, Louis quoted "I am glad that the Crown had proved that I am the leader of the half-breeds, in the Northwest. I will perhaps be one day acknowledged as more than a leader of half-breeds, and if I am, I will have the opportunity of being acknowledged as a leader of good in the great country." Louis Riel was found guilty of high treason, and on November 16 1885 at approximately 8:30 AM, hanged until dead. The Canadian government refused to consider mercy.Conclusion:
Louis Riel has forever impacted the lives of Canadians, and Canadian history. By the age of 25 young Louis had already led his people through a successful rebellion, and consequencially became founder of Manitoba. After leaving to be exiled for five years , Louis is abruptly called back in need of by his people. The Northwest Rebellion was not something Riel had expected, but seemed to have been forced upon him. What first came out to be a peaceful revolution, ended with death, and near the end, Louis foresaw this. "We shall fail, perhaps, but the right for which we fought for will never die." It seemed with the Canadian government, when Louis Riel is brought up, a rebellion shortly follows leaving him with an unfair reputation. Nonetheless, a mere chapter in this man's life resulted in huge changes in Canada. Manitoba joined in confederation with Canada in the late 1860's early 70's, Canadians who attended Louis trial bear witnesses the true suffering of the Metis people, and Louis exposed the government's prejudice to all of Canada, though he did not know it then. Views of the Canadian government have changed from the passages recorded in history books, and especially those involving Louis Riel and the Metis. Finally, after around a hundred years, his long awaited dream of being known as "a leader of good" has come to pass.
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