“…We speak French as you do; our hearts are as kind, as noble, and as true as yours. When one of our people is in affliction, the others give him sympathy and help. We are bound together by strong ties of fraternity; there is no jealousy among us, no tyranny of caste, but we all live in peace and love as the sisters and brothers in one great household.

My eye deceives me if like this live you [non-Aboriginal people]. You are divided into envious, brawling factions, each one of which tries to injure, and blight the reputation of the other. If one of you falls upon evil times he is left without the sympathy and succor of the others. In politics and in social grades you are divided, and in every respect you are such that I should mourn the day when our peaceable, simple, contented people on the banks of the Red River should in any respect choose your civilization for their model.”

Collins, J.E., The Story of Louis Riel, the Rebel Chief (1885). Toronto: Rose Publishers Company. p 10