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Louis Riel movie inaccurate, say critics

Who was Louis Riel? The Métis leader commanded two rebellions in western Canada and was tried, convicted and hanged for treason in 1885. Until well into the 20th century Riel was regarded as "misguided and impetuous" at best and a psychotic traitor at worst. But in the 1960s Riel's image began to turn around. Today most Canadians, particularly the Métis, have reclaimed him as a heroic patriot, founder of Manitoba and a Father of Confederation.

Historians and Métis alike are unhappy about the depiction of Riel in a CBC Television movie.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 16, 1979
Guest: W.L. Morton
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Terry Matte
Duration: 2:48

Last updated: October 30, 2013

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