Louis Riel, Our Hero, Final Address to the Grand Jury (1885) It is true, gentlemen, I believed for years I had a mission, and when I speak of a mission you will understand me not as trying to play the role of insane before the grand jury so as to have a verdict of acquittal upon that ground. I believe that I have a mission, I believe I had a mission at this very time. What encourages me to speak to you with more confidence in all the imperfections of my English way of speaking, it is that I have yet and still that mission, and with the help of God, who is in this box with me, and He is on the side of my lawyers, even with the honorable court, the Crown and the jury, to help me, and to prove by the extraordinary help that there is a Providence to-day in my trial, as there was a Providence in the battles of the Saskatchewan. * The Queen Vs. Louis Riel : Accused and Convicted of the Crime of High Treason. Report of Trial at Regina (1886), p. 147
Louis Riel - The Orange Oder and the Family Compact Connection. At his trial in 1885, Louis Riel found himself up against Christopher Robinson, who was the prosecuting attorney. Christopher Robinson was the son of John Beverley Robinson, who was a member of the Orange Order of Canada and a leading member of the Family Compact.
During the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, John Beverly Robinson served as aide-de-camp to Sir Francis Bond Head, who was opposed to indigenous treaty rights. In 1836 as example. , Head made moves to end the tradition of British gift giving to those Aboriginals covered in theTreaty of Niagara, 1764, amongst other racist actions. The principles of co-existence in this treaty were supposed to guide Westward settlement. See : bcmetis.com/2015/02/louis-riel-the-orange-order-and-the-family-compact-connection/
Bruce County Militias March 1885 called upon to Suppress Riel “Rebellion” ‘In the first action, that at Duck Lake, which took place in this unfortunate rebellion, the first man slain was an erstwhile Bruce Volunteer, John Morton, at one time major in the 32nd Battalion. He was shot while leading a part of Prince Albert Volunteers. Another 32nd Battalion man, Alex. McNabb, was severely wounded in the same action. Morton’s body lay for two days on the field where he fell, when his old friend, Lieut., Col. sport (32nd Barr.), found the body and took it to his own home to be prepared for burial. archive.org/stream/countybruce00robeuoft#page/n217/mode/1up/search/militia
The Sacking and Looting of Batoche by Middleton’s Men Free Press, August 27, 1885�At present the government are glorying in their victory and applaud themselves as upon a great triumph in having defeated the half-breeds. Riel is condemned, the chief half-breeds of Saskatchewan are pinned in irons and in its enthusiasm Parliament was voted $20,000.00 to General Middleton. All Canada is proud of his success and that of the volunteers. We rejoice with the rest of the nation on the ending, of this rebellion we strenuously opposed foreseeing all the evils it would entail.… www.metismuseum.ca/resource.php/12590... See MoreSee Less