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Thursday, November 16, 2006 

Newly Discovered Poem Marks Anniversay of Execution of Louis Riel

121 years ago today, in Regina, Louis Riel, the leader of the Metis was executed by the Government of Canada.

Riel is widely considered by many to be a father of Confederation because his vision and fight for the rights of First Nations people led to the entrance of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan into Confederation.

This week, a poem the Métis leader wrote in the days before his hanging, becomes a prized part of the archives at the University of Saskatchewan.

"It's a beautiful piece of writing," says Maria Campbell, a Métis author and playwright who has studied Riel extensively.


Globe and Mail

Riel biography

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