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janper44



Registered: December 2009
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Louis Riel Day is an annual general holiday in the Canadian province of Manitoba on the third Monday of February. It commemorates the life of Louis Riel, a politician who represented the Métis people's interests.


Louis Riel is one of the most controversial figures in Canadian History. Almost made it into the priesthood, almost a lawyer, almost a politician. Yet this man was responsible for bringing the Province of Manitoba into the Union of Canada. Historical figure who fought for Metis land rights and led the famous Riel Rebellion until his capture in 1885. Trial resulted in death sentence for Riel. With the perspective of time, Louis Riel has come to be seen as a combination of martyr and hero in the eyes of many Canadians.


This sculpture of Louis Riel was created in 1970 by architect Eienne Gaboury and sculptor Marcien LeMay and placed behind Legislative Buildings in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1991 it was felt that a more statesmanlike creation was needed to show the true nature of Louis Riel and this sculpture was moved to the College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and re-dedicated in 1995. This statue portrays Riel as a man in bondage and in anguish who sacrificed himself for his principles and his country.


Taken March 28, 2003


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rfishw

Registered: February 2009
Wed February 17, 2010 11:08am

I have read extensively about Louis Rheal.He was a man before his time.Today he would be a hero in every sense of the word,My own thoughts are, his is one of the great injustices of Canada as we struggled to become a Nation.I live in Northern Canada.Thanks for reminding me of his greatness. rfishw
marhowie

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Wed February 17, 2010 1:48pm

I like the perspective here, and the story of sacrifice.
The world needs more principled leaders like him..
Well done Smile
Paul

Registered: October 2009
Wed February 17, 2010 4:08pm

This sent me off to read more about him. Like the perspective here, Jan.
peterhanington

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 75
Fri February 19, 2010 1:37am

This is a powerful image. The story of Riel and the 'Northwest Rebellion' remains to this day one of the least taught epics in Canadian history. I am so pleased to see not only your image of this marvelous work, but the brief and cogent recounting of its provenance and importance. Thank you.
Peter
janper44

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,666
Sun February 21, 2010 12:40am

Headlines today in the Winnipeg Manitoba media.


To many Manitobans, Louis Riel is regarded as the founder of the province as he brought it into the Confederation.


Winnipeg New Democrat MP Pat Martin even introduced a private member's bill in November to overturn Riel's treason conviction. The bill also formally recognizes him as a Father of Confederation.


But not all Canadians cast him in a positive light.


Edmonton Member of Parliament Peter Goldring reacted to Martin's bill by publicly blasting Riel as "a villain" who is responsible for all of the deaths during the Red River and North West rebellions.


The Prime Minister’s Office has been quick to condemn the brochure and its view of Riel.


“This document is absolutely not, in any way, an initiative of our government or our party,” said Dimitri Soudas, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in an e-mailed statement. “This is a personal initiative of MP Goldring which we strongly disapprove of.


“Louis Riel is a historical and controversial figure. But he played an important role in the development of Canada and in the protection of the rights and culture of the Metis and Francophones in Canada.”
lrw1966

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Tue February 23, 2010 2:07pm

Jan, Hi:


Splendid composition and very interesting an educational notes. I have made a note to learn much more about this very interesting person.


Thanks
Larry
Jan Holland

Registered: July 2009
Posts: 11
Fri February 26, 2010 9:29am

Nice Historical note, Jan.
The statue look very interesting.
Jan
takeapic

Registered: August 2009
Sat March 20, 2010 11:07am

Again thanks for your comment. Yes it`s a hard life in the jungle. Survival of the fittest and all that. You have a wide variety of pics, all very well done.

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