Title: List of rights
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG3 A1 - 5
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1. That the people have the right to elect their own Legislature.
2. That the Legislature have the power to pass all laws local to the Territory over the
veto of the Executive by a two-thirds vote.
3. That no act of the Dominion Parliament (local to the Territory) be binding on the
people until sanctioned by the Legislature of the Territory.
4. That all Sheriffs, Magistrates, Constables, School Commissions, etc., be elected
by the people.
5. A free Homestead and pre-emption Land Law.
6. That a portion of the public lands be appropriated to the benefit of Schools, the
building of Bridges, Roads and Public Buildings.
7. That it be guaranteed to connect Winnipeg by Rail with the nearest line of Rail-
road, within a term of five years; the land grant to be subject to the Local Legislature.
8. That for the term of four years all Military, Civil, and Municipal expenses be paid
out of the Dominion funds.
9. That the Military be composed of the inhabitants now existing in the Territory.
10. That the English and French languages be common in the Legislature and Courts,
and that the Public Documents and Acts of the Legislature be published in both languages.
11. That the Judge of the Supreme Court speak [speaks]the English and French languages.
12. That Treaties be concluded and ratified between the Dominion Government and
the several tribes of Indians in the Territory to ensure peace on the frontier.
13. That we have a fair and full representation in the Canadian Parliament.
14. That all privileges, customs and usages existing at the time of the transfer be
All the above articles have been severally discussed and adopted by the French and English Representatives without a dissenting voice, as the conditions upon which the people of Rupert’s Land enter in Confederation.
The French Representatives then proposed in order to secure the above right, that a Delegation be appointed
and sent to Pembina to see Mr. Macdougall and ask him if he could guarantee these rights by virtue of his com-
mission, and if he could do so, that then the French people would join to a man to escort Mr. McDougall into his
Government seat. But on the contrary, if Mr. Macdougall could not guarantee such rights that the Delegates
request him to remain where he is, or return till the right be guaranteed by Act of the Canadian Parliament.
The English Representatives refused to appoint Delegates to go to Pembina to consult with Mr. Macdougall,
stating they had no authority to do so from their constituents, upon which the Council was dissolved.
The meeting at which the above resolutions were adopted was held at Fort Garry, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1869. Winnipeg, December 4th, 1869

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