Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel
Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel were our leaders. They are the ones that worked very hard in the community for Métis rights. Both worked with First Nations because they both married First Nations women.
They carried the culture very, very hard. They didn’t only fight for Métis rights, they also fought for the French because what they wanted was a bilingual country right through. The other thing that they fought for was they worked along with the First Nations groups because they could interpret in Cree. They could interpret in different Aboriginal languages.
So when the treaties were being done, these Métis would interpret what those treaties meant and a lot of times treaties weren’t signed because of what was in there.
So they did a lot of interpreting and making sure that our First Nations brothers and sisters weren’t being cheated at that time.
The following stories are by Lyle Donald.
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