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The re-enactment is one of Canada’s most famous trials and the longest-running historical drama in North America, according to a statement released by the center.
“After working diligently on this partnership over the past decade, we are thrilled to bring The Trial of Louis Riel to the RCMP Heritage Centre. We believe this opportunity offers a giant step on the path to reconciliation with our Indigenous and Métis brothers and sisters,” RielCo Productions producer Peter Champagne said in the statement.
Champagne has starred in the production for the past 25 years and produced the play for the past 18.
Written as a centennial project in 1967 by John Coulter, the play is based on the actual court transcripts of Louis Riel’s 1885 trial in Regina, the release notes.
“Riel was tried in Regina for high treason for his role in the 1885 resistance to Canadian encroachment on Métis lands. He was convicted and executed at the North West Mounted Police Barracks (now the RCMP Academy, Depot Division) on November 16, 1885,” the statement read. “Once dismissed as a rebel, Riel is now seen as a Canadian hero – a passionate and renowned Métis leader who spoke up and fought to protect his people from the Canadian government.
Matinee and evening performances will take place throughout August. More information can be found online or by calling the center at 306-522-7333.
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