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Northwest Rebellion


In 1885 Louis Riel had returned after a decade of exile in the United States and began a second attempt in establishing a resistance against the Canadian Government. It was another conflict in which volunteers and militiamen travelled from Ontario and Quebec towards the west. Multiple militiamen from historic Mississauga and the surrounding area took part in the Government response to the rising tensions in the west.

Five young men from Streetsville volunteered to take part, including Frank Rutledge, Fred Harris, Jack Harris, Joe Davison and Joe Fulton. Others with local connections included Edward C. Doole, and Francois-Louis Lessard.

Unlike the 1870 rebellion, the 1885 uprising did result in military engagements, although we have not identified any local causalities.