Police barracks, near Regina, N.W.T (now Manitoba)
Cause of death:
Execution by hanging
Also known as
Louis David Riel
Louis Riel was a politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis. He sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest. He is regarded by many as a Canadian folk hero today.
Following the execution, Riel's body was returned to his mother's home in St. Vital, where it lay in state. On 12 December 1886, his remains were laid in the churchyard of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral following the celebration of a requiem mass. "The body was to have been interred inside the gallows' enclosure, and the grave was commenced, but an order came from the Lieutenant-Governor to hand the body over to Sheriff Chapleau which was accordingly done that night" (froum Boulton via Wikipedia) That the body is that of Louis Riel, convicted of high treason, and sentenced to death; that the judgment of death was duly executed upon the body of said Louis Riel on this sixteenth day of November, 1885; that death was caused by hanging at the police barracks, near Regina, N.W.T., as directed by sentence passed by the court. (Signed, H. Dodds, M.D., F. Champness, Wm. P. McCormick, John Dawson, William D. Firstbrook, David H. Gillespie, and W. Bedford Jones.)