2015 History Award Asks Key Métis Question

BC Métis Federation is pleased to share this information.  The 2015 Government of Canada History Awards consist of five challenging questions about Canada’s past. The questions were developed with teachers, historians, and educators from across Canada.

The competition is open to Grade 10 and 11 students from across Canada. Each student must select one question from below and answer it in essay format. Essays should be between 800 and 1200 words in length. Consult the full Rules and Regulations for all the details.

One of the questions is:

Métis leader Louis Riel was executed in 1885 after directing an armed rebellion against the government of John A Macdonald. Interestingly, like Macdonald, his image has been used on a Canadian postage stamp. According to Canada Post policy guidelines, such recognition is given to “to recognize outstanding contributions to Canada.”

Do Riel and Macdonald equally deserve this honour?

What do you think members and friends?


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