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Louis Riel

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Louis Riel

Leader of the North West Rebellion


Who was Louis Riel?

Louis Riel is probably one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history, and depending on your point of view, he is often considered either a traitor or a patriot.. He was a political leader of the Métis people in Canada and is often referred to as the founder of Manitoba. After leading a rebellion against the Canadian government in 1885, Louis Riel was hanged for treason in what is probably the most famous trial in Canada.

The Métis are a mixed race group of people who descend from First Nation people and European settlers, and are recognized as one of Canada’s aboriginal peoples. Louis Riel was a Francophone whose paternal grandfather was a voyageur who married a French-Chipewyan Métis.

In 1885, Louis Riel led an armed uprising of the Métis people against the Canadian government in what became known as the North-West Rebellion. They believed the Canadian government had failed to protect many of their rights. Although the Métis initially won a few of the early battles, they eventually lost the war at the Battle of Batoche. A few day later, Louis Riel surrender to the authorities and was tried and hanged for treason.

Louis Riel’s death had lasting political ramifications and helped to galvanize French-Canadian nationalistic opposition to the Canadian government that continues even to this day.

Famous Kin

Louis Riel’s famous kin include the 15th Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau, and his son Justin Trudeau, the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. He also has a number of celebrities in his family tree including singer and songwriter Madonna, actor Chris Pratt, Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne and Derek Hough, actor Dax Shepard, singer and songwriter Justin Bieber, and actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Louis Riel

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Madonna

Singer and Songwriter

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Angelina Jolie

Movie Actress

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Anne Ledet

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Angelina Jolie

Movie Actress

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Angelina Jolie

Movie Actress

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Marin Boucher

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Angelina Jolie

Movie Actress

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Francois Coutu

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Jean Houde

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Jack Kerouac

American Novelist and Poet

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Anne Ledet

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Jack Kerouac

American Novelist and Poet

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Marin Boucher

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Jane Krakowski

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Pierre Charron-Ducharme

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Shemar Moore

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Pierre Hénault-Canada

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Shemar Moore

TV and Movie Actor

4th cousin 3 times removed
via Nicolas Sylvestre-Champagne

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Shemar Moore

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Shemar Moore

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Francois Coutu

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Shemar Moore

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Jean Houde

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Nathan Fillion

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Nicolas Sylvestre-Champagne

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Nathan Fillion

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Francois Dubois-Lafrance

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Nathan Fillion

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Louis Houde

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Jim Carrey

TV & Movie Actor

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Jim Carrey

TV & Movie Actor

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Pierre Charron-Ducharme

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Dax Shepard

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Melissa Benoist

TV Actress

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Nicolas Pelletier

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Pierre Trudeau

15th Prime Minister of Canada

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Jean-Baptiste Riel-Lirlande

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Pierre Trudeau

15th Prime Minister of Canada

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Pierre Charron-Ducharme

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Pierre Trudeau

15th Prime Minister of Canada

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Anne Michel

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Justin Trudeau

23rd Prime Minister of Canada

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Jean-Baptiste Riel-Lirlande

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