Suggested Questions for Class Discussion

The following questions may be used to help generate discussion, and as an activating activity to find out what students know:

  • Why is Louis Riel considered the Father of Manitoba?
  • Who owns this land and why? What constitutes land ownership?
  • What is government?
  • How are governments legitimized?
  • Who are the Métis?
  • Who originally lived in Red River Settlement (including what is now Winnipeg and surrounding area)?
  • Why would the Métis care if Canadian surveyors came out to Red River?
  • Why would John A. Macdonald negotiate with the Métis?
  • What was Confederation?
  • What is colonialism?