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Louis Riel was an interesting character He was Metis educated in Montreal When Canada bought land between Ontario and British Columbia from The Hudson Bay Company Riel urged them to stand up to the government For they were moving in and just giving away land that the Metis had been living on for years Riel wanted to take action right away and made prisoners of the first settlers to come This I think was a bad move first I think he should have voiced the opinion of the Metis people living on the land at the time then if the government didnt act on it they could retaliate But I do believe they were standing up for a good cause How would we feel if the USA just passed an Act saying go up to Canada and well give you free land I think wed be a little upset Louis Riel could not have been a traitor because he was not Canadian After the government of Canada settled the dispute by giving out land claims to the Metis which was kind of deceiving seeing as they took their sweet a time getting a land surveyor out there and were counting on most Metis on selling there land claims Which is in fact what happened most Metis moved over by the Saskatchewan River But Louis moved to the States became an American citizen and taught Metis children schooling So he left before Rueberts Land became part of Canada and moved to the States Riel defiantly wasnt a traitor against the Metis seeing as he lead them against white people So we have ruled out the possibility of him being a traitor but have not concluded that he was a hero Riel was a martyr He was killed for something that he believed in To the Metis he was a hero and to the white Canadians at the time he was a murderer who got what
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