Kailee B.

Delta, British Columbia

Delta Regional Heritage Fair

A Lunatic that Changed Canadian History

Louis Riel was an important historic figure that some viewed by some as a lunatic and others a hero.  He led two rebellions: the Red River Rebellion and Saskatchewan Rebellion that were focussed on preserving Metis rights. 




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that the rebellions were very important in preserving the rights of the Metis people and also in laying the groundwork for the establishment of Manitoba. The first rebellion was not very violent with only one death afterwards, following a trial. The second rebellion was much more violent and many people died.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that even people who were significant in our history also had issues that they faced. Louis Riel battled mental illness and spent a good portion of his life in exile. Even heros can face an uncertain future as Louis Riel was executed for treason.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

We don't have to fight in actual battles to protect our rights to the same extent that Louis Riel did. Our laws and government are much better defined today. Also, we don't have the death penalty for treason anymore.