Louis Riel – Our Namesake
Louis Riel (Oct. 1844 - Nov. 1885) was a renowned Métis leader, born at the Red River Settlement, he left at the age of 14 for schooling and upon his return, he joined the Red River Métis political movements. Louis Riel was a selfless, articulate, well-educated leader. He was a central figure in the Red River Resistance and the North-West Resistance, leading two resistances in the name of the Western rights of the Métis. Riel is considered to be the founder of Manitoba. He was elected twice, in 1873 and 1874 by both Métis and Non-Métis as a federal representative in the House of Commons but was never able to take his seat due to outstanding warrants for his arrest because of his participation in the Resistance.
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