My people will sleep for one hundred years,
but when they awake,
it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.
-- Louis Riel
Louis Riel is one of the great controversial characters in Canadian history. 125 years after being executed for treason, there is still no consensus on how his story should be told. Was he a traitor or hero, freedom fighter or trouble maker...
On our special episode, "Keeping It Riel", Shelagh brings together a writer, a graphic novelist, and a poet to weigh in on Louis Riel's legacy. Maggie Siggins is the author of Riel: A Life of Revolution. Chester Brown is the author of Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography. Gregory Scofield's latest book is Louis: The Heretic Poems.
We could only play a portion of their conversation with Shelagh on The Next Chapter, but we thought it deserved a full airing, so we offer it to you here as a TNC Special.