Wednesday, October 6, 2021

From Treason To Reverence

Photographs and artifacts of the time of the building of the CPR are here.

Louis Riel would be one of the most influential leaders of the Metis. He would take part in leading the Northwest Rebellion a decade after the Red River Rebellion. For that, he would be tried for treason and executed. Ironically, today he is deemed father of Manitoba and even considered a Father of Confederation.

A photograph of Riel at his trial is here.

Here we have artworks by the Haida artist Charles Edenshaw.

The late 19th century and early 20th century in the west was a time of settlement, largely by white immigrants. More from here tomorrow.


  1. Interesting. I did not know about him.

  2. Who knows what kind of trial he those times.

  3. When I contemplate Louis Riel, who espoused a cause and believed in it, and compare him with Donald Trump south of the border and the attempted coup on 6 January, I know who was guilty.

  4. @Linda: he was a giant in our history.

    @Iris: time does rehabilitate.

    @Italiafinlandia: in short, he was railroaded.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: certainly not Riel.

  5. ...history treats people and events differently over time.

  6. The passage of time opens eyes and minds.

  7. A fascinating part of your country's history. I also agree with Sharon.

  8. @Tom: it does.

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @Bill: me too.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Ventana: thank you.

  9. Thank you for opening the history book for us, south of the border.

  10. Good to see the maple leaf so well agreed on

  11. Ah ~ glad to see your hero ~ Trump is a joke ~ and no comparison to Riehl

    Wonderful seasonal photo and haiku ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. I had never heard of the Metis till your posts. It's very interesting.