HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA
The ideals that Louis Riel fought for – ideals of inclusiveness and equality – are now the very same values on which we base our country’s identity.
Justin Trudeau, February 15, 2016
We take this opportunity, Canada Day 2016, to call on Canadians to open up a new narrative on Louis Riel. Recognized in the Canadian Parliament for his contributions to the Canadian Confederation, and recognized as the founder of the Province of Manitoba, Louis Riel remains a convicted felon, guilty of the capital crime of High Treason.
Louis Riel was denied a fair trial or appeal and was hanged by the neck on November 16, 1885. This brutal execution was Canadian Justice and Canada’s “great divide” – religious, racial and regional. Repression and recriminations followed. Reconciliation will never be complete until Louis Riel is exonerated and recognized as Canada’s Indigenous (Métis) Father of Confederation.
2016 has seen a strong commitment by the Canadian Government to a new relationship with the First Nations, Métis and Innu. This relationship was strengthened with Canada’s subsequent commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the historic 94 recommendations of the Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Inspired by the Prime Minister’s own words, we have a vision of the reconciliation and exoneration of Louis Riel for Canada’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Birthday – July 1, 2017.
Today, one year until Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150 years), we seek justice and mercy for Louis Riel. We seek a Government sponsored Parliamentary Bill revoking all 6 criminal charges of High Treason, and in recognition of Louis Riel’s “proper place in Canada’s history” we ask Prime Minister Trudeau to recognize Louis Riel as Canada’s Aboriginal (Métis) Father of Confederation.
Please sign our petition CALLING FOR THE EXONERATION OF LOUIS RIEL.
Friends of Louis Riel is a non-partisan society organized to engage Canadians and International friends in creative conversations and actions relating to the exoneration of Louis Riel, thus promoting reconciliation and recognition of Riel’s proper place in Canadian history as Canada’s Aboriginal (Métis) Father of Confederation.(Society Act Constitution) www.rielity.ca.