Dear John: David Louis Riel

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.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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2 thoughts on “Dear John: David Louis Riel”

  1. Where did the Louis Riel statue get moved to? Last time I saw it, was in front of the Ledge near the lake road, surrounded by a bush. 1984 ?

  2. I think it’s in the vault at the mackenzie. Last I saw it was at the Dunlop art gallery about 12 years ago.

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