Long Time Riel Activist Mr. David Doyle Honors BC Métis Federation

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation continues to celebrate the significance of Métis Days hosted as part of the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park last weekend. Long time activist Mr. David Doyle surprised BC Métis Federation leadership when he announced in his closing story telling segment that he wanted to gift two historic and very significant portraits to the organization for the work being successfully completed today.

Mr. Doyle has been the caretaker of the commemorative portraits of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont since Back to Batoche, 1885 – 1985, the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Northwest Resistance of 1885. This historic gathering was symbolically the rebirth of the Métis Nation after 100 years as Canada’s “forgotten people.”
Mr. Doyle has published a number of articles and books including; Centennial Calendar of the North West Resistance, 1885 – 1985 – which Mr. Doyle toured to Batoche and across Western Canada in 1985. Mr. Doyle also introduced Louis Riel to the Cuban people at the XXI International Book Fair in Havana Cuba, and his subsequent work, The Prophet and the Apostle of the New World, Louis Riel and Jose Marti, is presently being translated into Spanish for a bilingual publication for the XXII International Book Fair.

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “Mr. Doyle is an incredible person who truly understands and knows the true story of what Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and other Métis leaders truly stood for. The honor to receive these pictures is very emotionally powerful for me. These are the leaders who gave us a voice, a community, and showed us to stand up for what we believe in. The BC Métis Federation tries our best to remember what true Métis governance meant for the people.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “Thank you Mr. Doyle. You are a real leader and your work to educate the public about Louis Riel’s true story is astonishing. As a Métis person I want to thank you and know these pictures will be cared for and one day passed on to the next generation of Métis leaders who stand up and persevere through adversity and sacrifice for the betterment of our culture and community. On behalf of our board, members, and communities please accept my most sincere and humble appreciation.”

Keith Henry
BC Métis Federation
#300-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5W2
Office 1-604-638-7220
Cell 1-778-388-5013

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Download the full letter in PDF format Download Mr. Doyle’s full letter to BCMF in PDF format


4 Responses to Long Time Riel Activist Mr. David Doyle Honors BC Métis Federation

  1. Earl Belcourt July 6, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Amen Keith.

    • George and Terry Goulet July 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      The gift to the BCMF by our cherished friend David Doyle is symbolic of his militant support for the memory of Louis Riel and for the cause of the Metis over many years.

      As a son of the Saskatchewan soil, David was steeped in the history of the 1885 North West Resistance.

      Bravo to David for his generosity and continuing advocacy of the rightful place in Canadian history of Louis Riel and the Metis


      Dominus Vobiscum

      George and Terry Goulet

  2. Tim St. Denis July 9, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I am reading David’s book. I am taken by his hard hitting facts supporting Canada’s greatest injustice. Even today as we Metis attempt the beleaguering task of confronting the liberal establishments that attempt to control us, I feel this frustration of ignorance and lack of political will that leads us to civil disobedience.
    Mr. Doyle is not a Metis. Our quest for recognition is even more noted when others with no axe to grind can carry our message foreword for us. In house stuff has less power than out house stuff.
    Thank you David!

  3. Richard Lucier-larson July 21, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Tansi All ;
    Read most of David Doyle’s book while at the Klahowya Village, nearly finished when a customer came by and bought it, so please stock a few more.

    Very well done and a good different point of view from another source.

    I sort of wonder when the Federal government will see to really remove the blame from Riel and admit it was a political assassination.
    Richard Lucier-larson

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