November 16, 1885

Métis leader Louis Riel is executed

Louis Riel is at the centre of the Red River and North-West rebellions.

In addition to leading two popular governments, Louis Riel played a central role in Manitoba’s joining Confederation.

After a polarizing trial, he was hanged in Regina, Saskatchewan, for high treason and his participation in the resistance to Canadian encroachment on Métis lands.

It was not until much later, in 1992, that Riel’s role as a founder of Manitoba was recognized.

Source: O.B. Buell, Library and Archives Canada, accession number 1966-094, C-001879