In truth, the Riel hanging was only the first in a series of events (school issues, imperialism, conscription, etc.) that eventually led Henri Bourassa to write that French Canadians were bound to come to think that Quebec was their only country since they had no rights anywhere else in Canada.] [Both federally and provincially, the people of Quebec began to turn away from the Conservative Party, the party of Macdonald, the party of the "pendards" (the hangers).Increasingly they turned to the Liberal Party that chose Wilfrid Laurier, a French Canadian from Quebec, as its leader (1887).They saw white settlers coming into the country, and in some cases receiving title to parts of their farms; and they became [agitated and worried].
A detachment of North West Mounted Police, sent to nip the rebellion in the bud, were defeated by the Métis under Gabriel Dumont; and the fat was in the fire.
For a time there was danger of an Indian rising; and the Indians under Big Bear actually massacred most of the whites at the Hudson's Bay Company post of Frog Lake.
The government surveyors, who had come out with the railway, had proceeded to run their lines with a mathematical precision which ignored the rights of the half-breed owners of oblong farms; and the [Métis] became fearful that they would be again dispossessed.
Their cousins, the Indians, had recently been granted reserves on which they could settle; but no provision had been made for them.
Middleton was held up by the half-breeds at Fish creek, on the South Saskatchewan, but after a delay he resumed his march, and on May 12 he defeated the main body of Riel's [Métis] at Batoche.
Meanwhile, General Strange had reached Edmonton, and was closing in on Big Bear and his Crees.The defeat of Riel epitomized the last defeat of Natives in preserving their way of life in the West.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Yet, they largely underestimated the effect that the events of the North West has on Native Canadians.In 1885, Riel and his Indian allies, made the last stand of Native Canadians against the encroachements of White-European progress in the West.Eight of the Indian ring-leaders in the rebellion were also hanged; though Poundmaker and Big Bear both escaped with prison sentences.The execution of Riel caused grave repercussions in Canadian politics, for his compatriots in French Canada were almost unanimous in demanding the remission of his sentence.The main force detrained at Qu'Appelle , and pushed north-west toward Batoche.A second column, under Colonel Otter, proceeded north from Swift Current to the relief of Battleford; and a third column, under General Strange, marched north from Calgary to Edmonton. After being checked by a band of Crees under Poundmaker at Cutknife creek, he succeeded in relieving Battleford.He accepted their invitation; and for a time devoted himself to attempting to obtain the redress of the Métis' grievances by constitutional means.But gradually he became [more erratic and extreme]; and in the spring he set up a provisional government at Batoche, on the South Saskatchewan.