Louis Riel & the Provisional Government

1869-1870
Councillors of the Provisional Government of the Métis Nation. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Councillors of the Provisional Government of the Métis Nation. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

After failing to be consulted on the sale of Rupert's Land where they were living, the Métis, joined by settlers and First Nations peoples, formed a provisional government in 1869. The rights of the Métis to the land were now being questioned, and the stability of the community and its sovereignty, were at risk. The provisional government, lead by Louis Riel, drafted a list of rights as conditions for joining Canada. Sir John A. and his government agreed to use the list of rights as a basis for the negotiation of the formation of Manitoba.