Louis Riel said, “I am more convinced everyday that without a single exception I did right, and I have always believed that. As I have acted honestly, the time will come when the people of Canada will see and acknowledge it.” Today is that day, Louis. We celebrate your contributions with a holiday.
I gleaned a few of Louis’ thoughts: “We may be a small community and a Half-breed community at that – but we are men, free and spirited men and we will not allow even the Dominion of Canada to trample on our rights.” “Deeds are not accomplished in a few days, or in a few hours. A century is only a spoke in the wheel of everlasting time.” “My people will sleep for one hundred years when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
Just before Riel was hanged a guard asked him for a souvenir. Riel’s reply: “I have nothing but my heart and I have given it long ago to my country.”
Don’t miss the irony that while we are honouring a man who fought and died for the rights of Metis and all Manitobans, we are confronting a federal government intent on taking away more and more of our rights and freedoms.