The museum’s archive include this Coroner’s Jury report and statement of witnesses regarding the executive death of Louis Riel after the Northwest Rebellion.
An Inquisition under taken for our Sovereign Lady the Queen at the Guard Room of the North West Mounted Police near the Town of Regina in the said Territories on the sixteenth day of November AD 1885 before Henry Dodd, Esq. one of the Coroners of our said Lady the Queen for the said Territories in view of a body of Louis D. Riel, then and there lying dead upon the oath of
William D. Firstbrook
David H. Gillespie
W. Bedford Jones
good and lawful men of the said Territories duly chosen, and who being then and there duly sworn and charged to inquire for our said Lady the Queen, the identity of the body, when, where and how, and by what means the death of the said body came to his death do upon their oath say:
1. That the body is that of Louis D. Riel convicted of High Treason and sentenced to death
2. That the judgment of death was duly executed upon the body of the said Louis D. Riel on this sixteenth day of November AD, 1885
3. That death was caused by hanging at the Police Barracks near Regina
” in the North West Territories as ordered [?] by the sentence passed by the Court.
In witness where of as well the said Coroner and the Jurors aforesaid have hereunto set and subscribed their hand and seals the day and year first about written
Henry Dodd X Coroner NWT
Frederick Champness X Foreman
H P McCormack X
John Dawson X
W. D. Firstbrook X
D. H. Gilliespie X
W. Bedford Jones X
“Information of witness severally taken and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen, ____ the Death of Louis Davis Riel at the guard room of the North West Mounted Police barracks near the town of Regina in the said North West Territories on the sixteenth day of November A.D. 1885, before one Henry Dodd, Esquire one of her Majesty’s Coroners for the said Territories on an Inquisition then and there taken in view of the body of the said Louis D. Riel then and there lying dead as follows to wit
I Augustus Jukes [see note below] Senior Surgeon to the North West Mounted Police bring from ____. I have seen the body of Louis D. Riel, now lying in the ___ of the Guard Room of the North West Mounted Police near Regina, and that his death was caused by hanging, his neck being broken, I am certain the body is that the man who has been imprisoned here, ____ the name of Louis D. Riel.
A. Jukes M.B. ___
__ & surgeon NWMP
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this sixteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and eighty five _____
Henry Dodd Coroner
for the North West Mounted Police”
NOTE: Louis Riel came under Dr Jukes medical care in 1885, and he had been a member of the commission declaring Riel to be sane.