On November 16, 2022 we acknowledge Louis Riel and reflect on his important role for the advocacy of the Métis Nation.
Louis Riel was a prominent leader among Metis people and fought to protect Metis rights against the Canadian Government. He led the Red River Resistance (1869-70) and North-West rebellion (1885). In 1885, Riel was charged with high treason by the Canadian Government and was subsequently convicted and hanged in Regina on November 16, 1885. In 1992, the Parliament of Canada and the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba formally recognized Riel's contribution to the development of the Canadian Confederation and his role, and that of the Métis, as founder of Manitoba.