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Riel House National Historic Site of Canada: Historic Themes

Type: Document

Louis Riel was born in Saint Boniface in 1844 and was educated in Montréal. When he returned to the Red River Settlement in 1868, he found the community anxious and divided over its political future.

Site: Parks Canada

Riel House National Historic Site of Canada: The Métis

Type: Document

The term Métis, like the 'mestizo', has its origins in the Latin word 'mixticius' which means a person of mixed racial ancestry. Métis, however, describes more than race-it refers to a culture and a nation that played a significant role in the history of the Canadian West and is now a proud part of the Canadian mosaic.

Site: Parks Canada

Riel House National Historic Site of Canada

Type: Document

This national historic site of Canada has close ties with Métis leader and a founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Occupying river lot 51 along the Red River, Riel House National Historic Site was Riel's family home, where his descendants continued to live until 1969.

Site: Parks Canada

Batoche National Historic Site of Canada - Unrest in the North West

Type: Document

Feeling betrayed by the government, unrest began to grow in the Metis population. The First Nations people and western settlers also felt they had been let down by Sir John A. Macdonald. This article describes the actions taken prior to inviting Louis Riel to lead his people in this new struggle.

Site: Parks Canada

Fate of Louis Riel - The North West Rebellion

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

A description of the trial of Louis Riel, the Métis leader charged with high treason for leading the North West Rebellion. The article discusses the opinion that perhaps he was not sane enough to be judged guilty. Taken from the television series "Canada: A People's History." Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Batoche National Historic Site of Canada - Battle of Batoche

Type: Document

Documents those fateful days in May of 1885. The forces, the strategy, and the casualties involved in the Battle of Batoche are all covered.

Site: Parks Canada

A Lackluster Victory

Type: Document

The Canadian government's military campaign against the North West Rebellion exposed the weaknesses of the mobilization system and the logistics needed to support a contingent in the field.

Site: National Defence

The Growth of an Empire

Type: Document

Post-confederation, Canadians came to see themselves both as part of, and distinct from, the British Empire culture.

Site: National Defence

Rebellion on the Plains - North West Rebellion

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

A description of the Métis and Indian involvement in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. The settlers' reaction to the threat of Indian uprising and the military backlash to actions taken by the rebels are also discussed. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Volunteer, Victoria Voltigeurs, 1851-1858

Type: Image

The Victoria Voltigeurs were members of a volunteer unit of Métis raised on Vancouver Island in 1851. Their clothing and weapons were provided by the Hudson's Bay Company. The Voltigeurs acted as a combination of military unit and police force until 1858. Reconstruction by Ron Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)

Site: National Defence