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Beyond Riel

Episode 2: Louis Riel and French Rights During Manitoba’s Inception

In 2020 Man­i­to­ba cel­e­brat­ed its 150th birth­day. French has been spo­ken in Man­i­to­ba since its incep­tion as a province and long before that. Today we explore the fas­ci­nat­ing and tumul­tuous his­to­ry of French in Manitoba.

This is the first of our two episodes explor­ing the his­to­ry of French in Man­i­to­ba. Today we look at the cru­cial role Louis Riel and the Métis played in ensur­ing French and Eng­lish rights were enshrined in Manitoba’s con­sti­tu­tion. We then inves­ti­gate how French rights were not respect­ed and how French edu­ca­tion was cur­tailed for sev­er­al decades. To guide us on this his­tor­i­cal tour we’ve invit­ed the his­to­ri­an Jacque­line Blay.

For more infor­ma­tion on Beyond Riel please vis­it: https://​umfm​.com/​s​e​r​i​e​s​/​b​eyond…

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers for the pod­cast are Ian T.D. Thom­son and André Marchildon. 

Our tech­ni­cal pro­duc­er is Frédérick Demers, and our con­sult­ing pro­duc­er is Gabriel Tougas. 

Music for the series is pro­vid­ed by Rayan­nah.


  • Jacqueline Blay

    Jacqueline Blay, who previously lived in Algeria, France and Spain, immigrated to Canada in the mid-sixties and studied Canadian and Manitoban history. As a reporter for Radio-Canada, she covered these important files and wrote several books on the history of Francophones in Manitoba.

    Jacqueline previously served as president of the Société de la francophonie manitobaine, the SFM, which has represented French speaking Manitobans since 1968.

    Jacqueline has received numerous awards including the Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour for her commitment to Francophone heritage.

    You can find the books Jacqueline has written on the history of French in Manitoba here.