LOUIS RIEL Let Justice Be Done


by David Doyle

Louis Riel: Let Justice be DonePrice: $24.95

  • IPPI Silver Medal Non-fiction winner
  • print ISBN: 978-1-55380-496-3
  • e-book ISBN: 978-1-55380-497-0
  • pdf ISBN: 978-1-55380-497-7
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade paper, 240 pages
  • Bibliography, index, 20 black and white photos
  • Nonfiction, History


Louis Riel, prophet of the new world and founder of the Canadian province of Manitoba, has challenged Canadian politics, history and religion since the early years of Confederation. In Canada’s most important and controversial state trial, Riel was found guilty of “high treason,” sentenced to hang and executed on November 16, 1885.

With 2019-20 being the 150th anniversary of Louis Riel’s guiding the formation of province of Manitoba, with Indigenous and democratic rights and with the question of reconciliation is on the minds of many. This compendium of Northwest history is told in Riel’s voice as he is tried for the capital crime of High Treason. It is an examination of Riel’s political career and that of his opposite, Sir. John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, and the chief proponent of Anglo-Canadian colonialism.

Did Louis Riel receive a fair trial?

Tried in a territorial court, Louis Riel called out for justice, for an “inquiry into the career of Louis Riel. To this day, the spiritual and political father of the Métis nation and Western Canada remains branded a traitor to Canada. Weaving together Riel’s words, writing, and historical research, long-time Riel activist David Doyle provides Louis Riel with the opportunity for the first time to give his evidence and assume his proper place in Canada’s history.

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View David Doyle’s February 2017 interview with CBC News. Doyle argues that pushing for Louis Riel’s exoneration is important during Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary because it would help make a strong statement in support of Indigenous rights in our country.

Link here: Calling for Louis Riel’s Exoneration