Below is an excerpt from Chantal Rondeau's tumblr.
It’s Louis Riel Day!
Who was Louis Riel?
He “was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence.”
My father has always felt connected to Louis Riel, we were always taught about him. (My dad wanted to name one of my brother Louis Riel, but settled on Lionel Riel) I have always regarded him as a hero. Though I am not technically Metis (I am Full status) I am Native and French which makes me feel connected to the Metis.
I have always always felt connected to this quote that LR said on July 4th 1885
“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
And from what I see in my community is is the artist who are coming out in the forefront.
Singers, writers, actors, carvers, painters, dancers, storytellers..
And there are the educated artists
Lawyers, doctors, journalists, politicians, CEOs, Entrepreneurs.
It’s our time!
We did not rebel, we defended and maintained rights which we enjoyed and had neither forfeited nor sold.
Louis Riel was hanged in Regina on November 16th, 1885.
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