Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done

Louis Riel

Let Justice Be Done

by David Doyle


    • June 2017
    • print ISBN: 978-1-55380-496-3
    • e-book ISBN: 978-1-55380-497-0
    • pdf ISBN: 978-1-55380-497-7
    • 6″ x 9″ Trade paper, 206 pages
    • Bibliography, index, 16 b&W photos
  • Nonfiction, History


Louis Riel, prophet of the new world and founder of the Canadian province of Manitoba, has challenged Canadian politics, history and religion since the early years of Confederation. In Canada’s most important and controversial state trial, Riel was found guilty of “high treason,” sentenced to hang and executed on November 16, 1885. Was the execution of Riel the hanging of a traitor? Or the legal murder of a patriot and statesman? As reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is on the minds of many today, these are questions that must receive thoughtful answers. Weaving together Riel’s words, writing and recent historical research, long-time Riel activist David Doyle provides Louis Riel with the opportunity for the first time to give his own account of his political career so as to assume his proper place in Canada’s history as its Indigenous (Métis) Father of Confederation.

“In this era of reconciliation, Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done is a tour de force. Exposing the combined pillars of racism and colonialism, Doyle assists in the decolonization of Canadian history during her sesquicentennial commemorations and celebrations.”
—Venerable Dr. John A. (Ian) MacKenzie

“David Doyle’s advocacy, both in his writings and presentations, appropriates nothing from the Métis or their culture, rather it supplements it both for them and for all Canadians.”
—George & Terry Goulet, authors of The Trial of Louis Riel