Louis David Riel- The Father of
Born to proud parents, Louis Riel and
Riel prepared for Priesthood with
knowledge and prayer.
His father’s death discouraged
him; he decided to move on
I’ll follow God’s ways at
Red River where I truly belong.
Times were changing in Red River
Settlement it was said
Religious values waning, instability
and suspicion bred.
Lack of strong local organization, now
they may be betrayed
Metis suspicions increased with square
Tensions mounting for the Metis- strong
Riel’s ambition, languages and
leadership others heeded.
He was qualified to lead the Metis
people through danger
Bishop Tache put sympathy in print-
“Metis now endangered!”
The Rebellion of ’85 could not be
avoided- battle must ensue
Metis were few, the opposition poised,
the slaughter pursued.
Riel was convicted of high treason and
endured a political trial
Emotions exploded in Quebec, with the
rushed execution style.
Widespread controversy shadowed Riel in
life and in death
He followed God’s given direction
‘til he drew his last breath.
He was brave, courageous, eloquent,
hearing death’s call
Later known as “The Father of
Manitoba,” injustice recalled.
Written By Carol Howard Vulliamy- Metis