[Documents and papers relating to Louis Riel and the North West Resistance]. Original title: Louis Riel - documents and papers relating to Louis Riel and his part in the North West rebellion (includes copies of documents found on his person at the time he was captured)

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    RG18-B-5, Volume number: 2477, 2477, File number: 50
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    1 file of textual records.
    1 map : sketch.
    Inventory no.: 18-4
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    File contains documents and correspondence related to Louis Riel and his role in the North West Resistance of 1885. Consists mainly of transcribed copies. Includes copies of documents found in Louis Riel's possession upon his capture in 1885.
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    Louis Riel (1844-1885) was a Métis leader, politician, and teacher. He led the Red River Resistance (or Red River Rebellion) in 1869 and the North West Resistance (or North West Rebellion) in 1885. In 1885, Riel was convicted of treason and executed. Since then his contributions to the development of the Métis Nation, the founding of Manitoba, and Canadian Confederation have been recognized. In 1992, Riel was recognized by Parliament as the founder of Manitoba.
    The North West Resistance (or North West Rebellion) was an uprising in what is now Saskatchewan and Alberta. It began in 1884, when Louis Riel returned to Canada to advocate for the rights of the Métis of Saskatchewan and formed a provisional government. Riel led an armed insurgency, fought mainly by Métis and some First Nations allies. It ended with their defeat by federal troops at the Battle of Batoche on May 9, 1885.
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