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This day at law - Canada executed Western rebel leader for treason  
Bernard Hibbitts at 11/16/2003 12:01:38 AM

On November 16, 1885, the Canadian government executed Metis leader Louis Riel for high treason in the wake of the "Northwest Rebellion" that had pitted the Metis (descendants of French traders and native tribes) in what is now Saskatchewan against Canadian troops. Although Riel has lately been rehabilitated as an indigenous francophone patriot of the Canadian West, his trial and execution remain sore points between English and French Canada.
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