Explore the life of Louis Riel and his struggle to protect the social, cultural and political status of his fellow Métis after the Hudson’s Bay Company sold Rupert’s Land to the Dominion of Canada. Learn about the daily life of the Métis and how this turbulent time in history gave birth to the province of Manitoba.
On the shore of the Red River in Winnipeg, Riel House is a link to a turbulent time in Canada’s history. Beginning in the 1860s, Louis Riel fought to preserve the Métis way of life, leading movements to resist settlement of southern Manitoba. Executed by the Canadian government for high treason in 1885, he was later celebrated by many for his role in supporting Métis rights. Riel House brings visitors into the world of Riel’s mourning family, six months after his death. You can take a self-guided tour and learn about the combined Indigenous and European heritage of the Métis people.