The North-West Rebellion (or the North-West Resistance, Saskatchewan Rebellion, Northwest Uprising, or Second Riel Rebellion) of 1885 was a brief and unsuccessful uprising by the Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan under Louis Riel against the Dominion of Canada. During a time of great social change in Western Canada, the Métis believed that the Dominion of Canada had failed to address the protection of their rights, their land and their survival as a distinct people. Despite some notable early victories at Duck Lake, Fish Creek and Cut Knife, the rebellion effectively ended for the Métis with their defeat at the siege of Batoche, Saskatchewan, the eventual scattering of their allied Aboriginal forces elsewhere, and the trial and hanging of Louis Riel. Tensions between French Canada and English Canada increased for some time. Due to the role that the Canadian Pacific Railway played in transporting troops, political support increased and the legislature authorized funds to complete the nation's first transcontinental railway.
Mulvanys last major publication was The history of the North-West rebellion of 1885 (1885), a hastily prepared book which appealed to the contemporary biases of most English-speaking Canadians. The author detailed the military exploits of those heroic citizen-soldiers who punished Louis Riel and the half-breeds for attempting to establish an island of mediaevalism and of alien race in the midst of the spread of English Canadian civilization.
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