The Significance of the North West Rebellion

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The Rebellion of 1885 is a fight with two sides, one fighting for change, the other fighting for order. The North West Rebellion of 1885 affected three groups, the Metis, the First Nations, and the government, significantly through political, economic, and societal changes that shifted and solidified the three group’s position within the country. The Government of Canada was fighting for control and stability in the North-West. The First Nations fought because their people were starving to death. The Metis fought because they felt they deserved the same rights as the First Nations and the Manitoban Metis. As with any war, fathers and sons did not come home, leaving women and children of all parties to suffer. However each group suffered different consequences, the least of which being the Government and white settlers. The First Nations were already suffering before the Rebellion and the consequences did not add terribly to their suffering. Metis however suffered the biggest impact due to the Rebellion because they had a good quality of life until they rose up. Metis The Metis initiated the violent part of the Rebellion with the Help of Gabriel Dumont, a move which would be regretted by many of the Rebellions leaders soon after. The Metis communities suffered a shortage of men after the Rebellion that caused significant damage to their livelihood including famine and the loss of their land. The Metis already had issues with claim to their land because some of the people were nomadic and didn’t prefer river lots like the other Metis.(Reconsidered pg. 29). The wives of men imprisoned had to go about a year before their husbands would come home. After the Rebellion the Metis were treated with “considerable leniency”(pg186 reconside... ... middle of paper ... ...North West, Ottawa, July 7th 1885." Ottawa: s.n. Ottawa, July 7. McCoy, Ted. 2009. "Legal Ideology in the Aftermath of Rebellion: The Convicted First Nations Participants, 1885." Histoire Sociale/ Social History 42 (82): 175-201. Mulvany, Charles. 1885. The History of the North-West Rebellion of 1885: Comprising a Full and Impartial Account of the Origin and Progress of the War...Scenes in the Field, the Camp, and the Cabin; Including a History of the Indian tribes of North-western Canada. Toronto: A.H. Hovey. 1900. North West Rebellion Col. Denison Throws New Light on the Rising of how 1885 How Batoche Was Won The Late Colonel Williams Gallant Dash- Griecances of the Halfbreeds-- The Campaign Sharply Criticized. The Globe and Mail Division of Bell Globe Media Publishing. Riel, Louis, and Thomas Flanagan. 1976. The Diaries of Louis Riel. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers.

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