Posted by: hallnjean | March 5, 2011

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“The Manitoba Bill has a history which is too important to be relegated to the limbo of unrecorded controversies.”

William MacDougall  [William MacDougall, “Letter VII,” The Red River Rebellion: Eight Letters to Hon. Joseph Howe (Toronto: Hunter, Rose and Company, 1870), 44.]

 

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“Métis were leaders in the creation of Manitoba and it is important to reflect both the historical role and the cultural distinctness of the Métis as one of Manitoba’s Aboriginal peoples.”

coverGovernment of Manitoba, From the Past Into the Future: Manitoba Métis Policy (September 2010).

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“[W]e form a separate colony of people with different views of life, distinct habits, and different interests and necessities.”

PioneerPioneer/ New Nation (1 December 1869; 7 January 1870): 2. See also “Red River Peculiarities,” Nor’-Wester (1 July 1861), 2 columns 3-4.

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“I left my farm where I was working when I was told we were to be transferred to another power without being consulted. I will fight for the last until we get a representative Government. I want not your money, and when our point is gained, I will go back to my farm again.”

louis riel blue dot [Louis Riel, quoted by A.G.B. Bannatyne, in Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, Debates of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada, 3d session, 3d parliament, 1876, ed. A.M. Burgess (Ottawa: McLean, Roger & Co., 1876), 804.

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“[M]anifestly, we have to form a Government in order to secure the safety of life and property, and establish a feeling of security in men’s minds, and remove a sense of apprehension that it is not desirable should continue for a moment. How often have we not, on our side, expressed a fear as to the security of property and life. It is our duty to put an end to this, and it will be our glory as well as our duty.”

[Louis Riel, 8 February 1870, Day 13 of The Convention of Forty/ La Grande Convention (25 January – 10 February, 1870).]

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“If we enjoy today our full autonomy as  a province in the Confederation, we owe it to Riel and his wise councillors. History will acknowledge him as a far-sighted patriot who secured representation for Western Canada.”

Tribune[Samuel-Auguste Nault, quoted in "Metis Honor Leaders of Louis Riel's Day," The Winnipeg Evening Tribune (8 July 1940), 3.]

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“The work of the Assembly stands as evidence that Manitoba was built on a promising precedent: cross-cultural consideration was a feature of planning for a collective future.”

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Click image to link to a brief and preliminary historical overview of the formation and accomplishments of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia devised for The Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia History Project, 2010.

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This entire site is under construction in that I am in the process of writing and editing entries and doing so online. Thus content is being sorted and refined ‘right before your eyes.’ The ever-expanding sidebar to the right is the most up-to-date indication of what is currently available at this site.

My basic thesis, which has directed this compilation of content, is:

The issue of what form of government the people of Assiniboia would have after union with Canada was fundamental to the Resistance.

See A. Definitions: Representative and Responsible Government (what was wanted), and B. Definition: Proprietary Government (what had existed), and C. Definition: Provisional Government (how the people of Assiniboia strove to achieve A. out of B.)

Points I count as worth keeping in mind:

  • There were approximately 11,999 people at Red River Settlement during 1869-1870 who were not Louis Riel; women made up roughly half of the population; and children (under the age of 21) about 60 percent.

See The People.

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