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AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL FRIENDS OF LOUIS RIEL

The Friends of Louis Riel is a nonpartisan society organized to engage Canadians and international friends in creative conversations and actions relating to Louis Riel's proper place in Canada's history. We have a long term vision of the reconciliation and the exoneration of Louis Riel for Canada's sesquicentennial.

In light of the Canadian government full commitment to the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples ( DRIP) and the historic 94 recommendations of the residential schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) the question must be asked: how do we implement Louis Riel's ideals of inclusiveness and equality? The answer is reconciliation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has told all Canadians that healing, recognizing and undoing the errors of the past is possible. As Canada enters its 150'th year since Confederation Louis Riel's conviction for high treason stands as a prime example of Canadian injustices in the colonial era, dividing Canada on racial, religion, regional and language biases. The damage done by such a system has percolated through Canadian society with Aboriginal peoples and nations living in third world conditions, women missing and murdered, youth denied an education and incarcerated at alarming rates.

Although there have been numerous private members bill seeking to have Louis Riel's conviction for  treason revoked, Riel remains branded a traitor to Canada is trial and his execution remain a great injustice at the core of Canadian Confederation in this regard, the friends of Louis Riel call on Canadians and international friends to support the ideas and values of Louis Riel. We would be pleased to work with you to ensure that Canadians know and understand that the injustices of the past are being replaced with positive actions, including a parliamentary exoneration in recognition of Louis Riel as Canada's Métis father of Confederation.

It is our hope that all Canadian and international friends of Louis Riel will call on the Canadian government to enact and pass a parliamentary goal of exoneration, revoking all criminal charges against Louis Riel. We further request a Prime Ministerial exoneration recognizing Louis Riel as "Canada's Indigenous (Metis) Father of Confederation" for Canada's Sesquicentennial. Canada and Canadians could receive no finer birthday gift.

Megwetch,                                                                     

Sincerely,

Russell Brewer (President),                                    

russellbrewer@shaw.ca

Friends of Louis Riel Society

Statement of purpose

Friends of Louis Riel Society

Box 314, Powell River, BC V8A 5C2

OUR VISION:

Friends of Louis Riel is a non-partisan partisan society organized to engage Canadians and international friends in creative conversations and actions relating to the exoneration of Louis Riel, thus promoting reconciliation and recognition of Riel's proper place in Canadian history as Canada's Aboriginal (METIS) Father of Confederation.

RESOLVED:

We have a long term vision of reconciliation and the exoneration of Louis Riel.

In light of Canada's adhesion to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the historic recommendations of the Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for reconciliation of Canada with Aboriginal nations and peoples we take this opportunity to open up a new narrative on Louis Riel. A Métis Canadian patriot, Louis Riel was charged, tried and convicted by a Canadian colonial court of dubious legal nature. Convicted of the crime of High Treason Louis Riel was denied justice and mercy "and was sentenced to hang by the neck until dead". Louis Riel was brutally executed on November 16, 1885. We seek justice and mercy for Louis Riel through a Parliamentary exoneration and recognition of Louis Riel as Canada's Aboriginal ( Métis) Father of Confederation.

MEMBERSHIP:

Canadian and international friends of Louis Riel are invited to join us in our campaign to see Louis Riel exonerated and recognized as Canada's aboriginal Métis father of Confederation for Canada's sesquicentennial, July 1, 2017.

EXONERATION IS NOT THE SAME AS PARDON!

 What is EXONERATE?

To lift, remove the stain of being called out for blame, liability, or punishment. It is more than just freeing an accused person of the responsibility for a criminal or otherwise illegal or wrongful act. It is publicly stating that this accused should never have been accused in the first place.  (Black’s Law Dictionary)

What is PARDON?

An act of grace, proceeding from the power intrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed.  (Black’s Law Dictionary)

             FRIENDS OF LOUIS RIEL seek EXONERATION.  Our position is that Riel should not have been accused in the first place, especially not of high treason under the terms of a medieval statute.  Pardon is neither appropriate nor sufficient in this instance.  Riel does not need to be forgiven for a crime because he did not commit a crime.

 


 


 

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