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Louis Riel Day

Definition: Louis Riel was a famous Metis leader who helped his people form a goverment and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.

In 1885, Riel led a rebellion against the Canadian authorities in the west because he feared that more and more Metis lands would be lost to new settlers.

Today his name is a symbol of native independence.

Celebrated in Canada on November 16.

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