JohnAMcDonaldAt left is a late summer photo of a statue of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. MacDonald in Victoria Park in downtown Regina. A short distance away, there’s a cairn that commemorates the execution of Metis leader Louis Riel after he was convicted of treason in the 1885 Riel Rebellion/Resistance.

Today marks the 129th anniversary of Riel’s hanging, and this afternoon Regina artist David Garneau will do a performance in Victoria Park exploring the historical link between MacDonald and Riel and some of the broader political, economic and social issues that were in play when the Rebellion/Resistance occurred.

The performance is at 3 p.m., and it will be followed by a conversation between Garneau and Dylan Miner at RPL Theatre at 4 p.m.