by Yahia 8H
During the act, the federal government promised to grant land to 7000 descendants for the Red River Metis by 1884.
Louis Riel executed Thomas Scott because he did not like the Francophones or the Roman Catholics. The death of Scott created a lot of problems and put Louis at very dangerous spot in his journey. Reasoning being was that many people didnt like that he killed Thomas Scott.
Killing Thomas Scott was very troubiling so Riel decided to fled to the United States where it was "safer" for Louis to live and not get caught by the RCMP.
In 1870, the Metis group were suppose to have land granted to them by the year 1884 and has yet happend.
A group of Metis men including there then leader, Gabriel Dumont from Saskatchewan travelled to Montana to meet up with Louis. Riel has then been more religious and was in to petition the federal government to settle the Metis land claim and he wanted to fight for the Metis for getting left hanging.
Some Metis were upsetwith the fact that the government has not responded to the grant which led to many leaving Manitoba. Some moved to Saskatchewan where as others moved to the United States. Finally in February, the government agreed to Riel to come up with a committee in regards to the investigation of the land problem that people were very upset about.
Both Metis leaders recognized how the the federal government ignores the Metis as well as the first nations and settlers in the Northwest. The two men who took action decided to organize an army of 300 men and signed a secret oath. The government who grew concerns had alerted the possibility of Metis resistance where preparation was taken into consideration to prepare government troops and possible action in the Northwest.
Dumont, the leader of the Metis group decided to raid a local store in Duck lake. Stealing supplies and being forced to return them, Dumont told some men to hide until violence was done being avoided . The Northwest Mounted Police tried to track down the group and ended up with a fight breaking out. Both sides of men were killed where then the Northwest Mounted Police were forced to retreat due to the violence.
Several battles had taken place in April. As both sides decided to take charge, the Metis were outnumbered. The actual battle began with a three day stand off that started on May 9th. A troop sent by the government took charge of the Metis front line where they had to retreat because the ran out of ammunition. The retreat led to the Riel to giving in.
After the battle of Batoche, Riel decided to surrender on May 15th 1885. Riel thought this was the best way to seek attention for the Metis as they struggle against the government. Many people including Dumont escaped to the United States. As Riel surrendered, the Northwest Resistance was officaly over and so was Riels life.
The four day trial asked Riel if he was guilty to a charge of treason where he plead he was not guilty. His lawyers wanted to portray the Metis leader as an insane person that all his actions would not be held responsibly but the laywer failed to do so.
He was sentenced to eight weeks in Regina's jail. Jury found the leader guilty of treason.
On the execution day, Riel was hanged by Macdonald and his cabinet. The final decision was made by Macodnald himself and these were all the events that resulted in his death.