MY forefathers revolted against the Canadian government in 1869 for equal representation under the law, which we won and with it the creation of Manitoba.
Manitoba is honouring its root this year by making a coin with the image of Louis Riel the leader of the rebellion who was tried for treason and hung.
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new coin featuring a portrait of Louis Riel, an important Métis leader and the founder of Manitoba.
The coin was launched on the 175th anniversary of Riel’s birth.
It is also the first coin to be engraved with Michif, the official language of the Métis Nation.
Riel was central to the Red River and North-West resistances to assert Indigenous rights and stop the Canadian encroachment on Métis land.