Louis Riel - Notable First Nations People
Louis Riel was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political leader of the Métis people. He led two resistance movements against the Government of Canada and its first prime minister John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to defend Métis rights and identity as the Northwest Territories came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. Riel remains one of the most revered and celebrated people in Canadian history, respected by Métis, other Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as well. He is the recipient of multiple commemorations, including his own holiday, many statues and also in the names of streets, schools, neighborhoods and other buildings.
"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."