A Graphic Louis Riel


I wanted to learn more about Louis Riel the founder of my province so I decided to get Chester Brown’s Louis Riel- A Comic Strip Biography from the library. 

Although I was a little disappointed the book didn’t deal with Louis’ childhood it did provide a good overview of his life from the time just before the Riel Rebellion/ Resistance till Louis’ execution. The book was easy to read and I finished it in a day. I learned that Louis Riel was elected to Canada’s Parliament three times while he was a wanted criminal and in exile in the United States. 

I learned quite a bit more about the role Canadian prime minister Sir John A McDonald had in the resistance movements Louis was involved in both in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  Brown depicts Sir John A as mean-spirited, self -serving and willing to sacrifice anything to get his railway built across Canada. 

I learned quite a bit more about the relationship between Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Dumont was more of a pragmatist than Riel and more interested in violent resistance. 

I also learned what a deeply religious person Louis was and how that influenced his decisions. 

Chester Brown’s graphic comic gave a good overview of Louis’ life. Since Riel plays such a prominent role in the history of the province of Manitoba and in the history of Winnipeg it is good for me to know more about him.

What next? I am currently reading Louis Riel-Firebrand by Sharon Stewart to learn more about Riel’s childhood and personality. 



Filed under Books, Winnipeg

5 responses to “A Graphic Louis Riel

  1. Elfrieda Neufeld

    Louis Riel was a sixth cousin to my son Jordan’s mother-in-law.


  2. Thanks for sharing that Elfrieda. Where is Jordan now and what is he doing? He was such a great student!


  3. Have you read Robert Freynet’s graphic novel ‘Louis Riel, Patriot’? I’d say a must-read to get all the facts surrounding Riel’s story and his eventual demise. Also, the book is artistically-done and well-researched. Riel is depicted as a real human being, expressing all the anguish and hope of a youthful leader.


  4. Pingback: Louis Riel’s Three Coffins | What Next?

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