In 1870, Louis Riel led the formation of an illegal Provisional Government in Fort Garry (now Winnipeg), to resist Ottawa's plan to displace the French-speaking Catholic Metis with an influx of English Protestant settlers. Thomas Scott was a virulently racist Orangeman who inflamed the Provisional Government and was executed for insubordination.
Himself executed in 1885, Riel is now considered one of Canada's most authentic cultural heroes.
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