Gatineau, January 20, 2012 — Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce that a new set of images featuring Louis Riel, 1844–1885, is now available on Flickr.
Recognized as a founding father of Manitoba, Louis Riel was a staunch defender of the rights of the Métis people and promoted their way of life.
In 1870, Riel became the president of the provisional government in Red River. Elected to the House of Commons in 1874, he was later expelled and banned from Canada that year. Riel returned to Manitoba in 1884, forming a new provisional government in Batoche, and led the Northwest Rebellion in 1885.
Other LAC image sets on Flickr document the contributions of Canadians who served in the First World War, as well as the arrival of Irish immigrants to Canada and their time spent at the Grosse Île quarantine station. These images showcase different periods in Canadian history, which have shaped the multicultural and modern Canada we know today.
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