Today in 1844: Louis Riel is born in Manitoba, Canada. Elected to the Canadian Parliament, Riel will be denied his seat because he is an Indian. In 1868, Riel, a Mtis, will lead a rebellion against the government, which is planning to take over Mtis territory without prior consultation.
The Mtis will block the entry of colonial governor William McDougall and force Ottawa to negotiate regarding the new province of Manitoba. Riel will flee to Montana to avoid a trial on treason charges.
But he will return in 1885 to lead a rebellion in western Canada against government-sanctioned speculators who are grabbing Native American land. The Canadian militia will disperse the rebels.
Convicted of treason, Riel will be hanged on November 16th.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Socrates Cafe, an informal philosophy discussion group, meets Monday nights. This is at Redamte Coffee House, 449 State Street, at 7pm. More info at 608-630-1011.
The “Weston A. Price Foundation – Madison Chapter” will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7pm with discussion, networking and farm sales. This will be at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer Street, and the public is invited. For more info, call Carolyn at 221-8696.
Tomorrow afternoon is Madison area Urban Ministry’s monthly Re-Entry Service Fair. These Service Fairs are an opportunity for men and women who are being released from prison to gather informational resources in our community. This month’s theme is “Housing” with featured guest Reverend Larry Jackson. This will be tomorrow from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Villager Mall Community Room, 2300 South Park Street. For more info on attending or how you can help, call John at 256-0906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 26th is the Tenant Resource Center Annual Fall Fundraiser Party at the Brink Lounge! Great food, live music, and a chance to support a vital community service that helps those facing eviction, unsafe living conditions, and possible homelessness, and as they navigate the complex legal system that governs rental housing. To contribute items to the silent auction, please contact: email@example.com or call 257-0143.