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Louis Riel and the Manitoba Act-1870


Louis Riel was a brilliant Metis leader extraordinaire

He listed Metis rights for the Manitoba Act with care

His provisional government projected strength and solidarity

Province, local government and land titles took on clarity.


In 1870, the Manitoba Act was given Royal Assent

Queen Victoria was interested in this special event.

Victory; Metis guaranteed land titles for River Lots.

1,400,000 acres of land for generations now got!


Metis victory “on hold” as land grants in arrears-

White settlers poured into the province adding fear…

Victory short lived as British military arrived,

The Manitoba Act a Canadian Statute; was it contrived?


Truth eventually surfaces, giving clarity to all-

Skillful presentation obscured the facts not known to all

Provincial status made Manitoba one-hundred miles square

-The vast territory to be administered for profit by Ottawa.


Frustration, mistrust, negotiations gone with a stroke,

The once proud, powerful Nation of Metis now broke.

Living in wilderness, buffalo in deplete, hard to stay alive

Only one choice remains, we must fight to survive…


Sources:

Alberta Online Encyclopedia

L’Encyclopedie de l’histoire du Quebec/ The Quebec History Encyclopedia: Manitoba Act

The Salon Law Archive: Manitoba Act 1870


Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis Elder- 2010





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