A Cold Louis Riel Day on the Prairie

By: plapman , 2:01 PM GMT on February 18, 2008

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Today will bring cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries early this morning. There will be clearing this morning. The wind will be from the northwest at 30 km/h gusting to 50 causing local blowing snow and wind chills in the -35 range.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -30.
Today is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. This is the first time the long week end in Febuary is being observed.

Louis Riel
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Born October 22, 1844(1844-10-22)
Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, United Kingdom
Died November 16, 1885 (aged 41)
Regina, Northwest Territories, Canada

Louis Riel (22 October 1844 - 16 November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and 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. He is regarded by many as a Canadian folk hero today.

The first resistance was the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870. The provisional government established by Riel ultimately negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation. Riel was forced into exile in the United States as a result of the controversial execution of Thomas Scott during the rebellion. Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba". While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat. During these years, he was frustrated by having to remain in exile despite his growing belief that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a belief which would later resurface and influence his actions. He married in 1881 while in exile in Montana, and fathered three children. He became a naturalized American citizen and was actively involved in the Republican Party.

Riel returned to what is now the province of Saskatchewan to represent Métis grievances to the Canadian government. This resistance escalated into a military confrontation known as the North-West Rebellion of 1885. It ended in his arrest, trial, and execution on a charge of high treason. Riel was viewed sympathetically in francophone regions of Canada, and his execution had a lasting influence on relations between the province of Quebec and English-speaking Canada. Whether seen as a Father of Confederation or a traitor, he remains one of the most complex, controversial, and ultimately tragic figures in the history of Canada.

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2. Seanmhair
1:31 AM GMT on February 19, 2008
Hi Tony:

Here late today but hope you had a very happy Louis Riel Day!! Also hoping the weather is being kind to you....Opps...Scratch that...I just read your forecast. Man..Spring can't come soon enough to the Prairies!

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1. Alleyoops
2:11 PM GMT on February 18, 2008
Great blog today Tony...I always believed that Riel was not a traitor but we all know that anyone who goes against the government whether it is justified or not, can and was branded a traitor in those days...He only thought of doing what was right for his people. Its a shame, things have not really progressed that much for our Native peoples.

Have a wonderful day dear one.
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