Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's Louis Riel Day. Let's Celebrate With A New Ladder!

On November 16 in 1885, Métis leader Louis Riel was executed for leading the Northwest Resistance in defence of Métis rights. Louis Riel is credited with playing a pivotal role in the history of Métis people, as well as the formation of the Canadian Confederacy.

Today Ontario celebrates not only Louis Riel's contributions, but the contributions of the Métis Nation so I thought I'd post some pics of our Louis Riel ladder.

Mr. Nag dragged this ladder home. When I mentioned that we probably don't need another ladder he said he was curious about the label on it.
 I did a little research and discovered that it was made in the 1970s at the St. Laurent Co-op in the Louis Riel Industrial Park, a venture of the Manitoba Metis Federation.

Sadly the operation never achieved the optimistic goal of achieving 20% of the Manitoba market for wooden step-ladders set out in the press release below. I believe the venture folded after a year or two










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