Louis Riel Day is a time to celebrate Métis culture and perseverance – The Globe and Mail

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Louis Riel Day is a time to celebrate Métis culture and perseverance – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 202214 Views

Nov 16, 2022

Audrey Poitras is the President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

The first thing you need to know about Louis Riel is that he believed that the West had the right to control its own destiny. He fought and died for that dream.

As Riel came of age, Canada was born. It only included the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. At the time, the vast territory known as Rupert’s Land stretched from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains. It was “claimed” by the Hudson’s Bay Company under a 1670 Royal Charter, over 120 years before any European would set foot in what is now Alberta. But the land’s true owners were its Indigenous peoples – First Nations and the Métis. By the 1850s, in response to sustained pressure from our Métis ancestors, the HBC gave up any pretense of its trade monopoly. In 1869, the HBC agreed to sell our territory to Canada.

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