Trials & Hangings Following the Deaths at Frog Lake

November 27, 1885
Group photograph of Metis and First Nations prisoners from the North West Rebellion by O.B. Buell. 1885. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Group photograph of Metis and First Nations prisoners from the North West Rebellion by O.B. Buell. 1885. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Sir John A. called for the trials and subsequent hangings of kâ-papâmahcâhkwêw (Wandering Spirit), Walking the Sky, Bad Arrow, Miserable Man, Iron Body, Little Bear, Crooked Leg, and Man Without Blood for their roles in the deaths of settlers at Frog Lake, in what was then the North West Territories. The men were tried without legal counsel. Macdonald called for attendance at the hangings to be mandatory for those in nearby First Peoples communities and residential schools, writing, "the executions of the Indians ought to convince the Red Man that the White Man governs."