Louis Riel

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Louis Riel

  • Louis Riel was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth province. His dream of a province that embraces all cultures is still shared by Manitobans today. (Government of Manitoba, 2013)
  • "Louis Riel Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of Louis Riel on November 16, 1885. Riel made the ultimate sacrifice for defending Métis rights and although these events took place in the West, his resistance had repercussions for Métis in Ontario. We were labelled traitors and for generations our culture was forced underground. We became the“forgotten people.”
    "Today, we are no longer the “forgotten people” because we assert our Métis rights, and by doing so, take up the mantle of Louis Riel. It is for this reason that Louis Riel Day is a cause for celebration in our communities across the homeland. It is a day to remember our past, live our culture and reaffirm our determination that our children will inherit all the rights Louis Riel fought so bravely to protect." - Gary Lipinski, President, Métis Nation of Ontario, November 2013
  • See Louis Riel education resources from historical writer/storyteller/musician and filmmaker Virginia Barter.


Louis Riel Day

Louis Riel Day is held on November 16 each year. Louis Riel Day 2010, Louis Riel Day 2009, Louis Riel Day 2008, Louis Riel Day 2007, Louis Riel Day 2006 celebrates the significant role and achievements of Louis Riel and the Métis Nation in the building of Canada. Riel’s success in negotiating Manitoba into Confederation and the protection of minority language rights laid the groundwork for his vision of a Canada that included the Métis Nation and protected Métis rights. “All Canadians have benefitted from Louis Riel’s efforts to secure and affirm Métis rights in Canada,” President Lipinski added. The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language, and heritage, and with an ancestral homeland that centers around Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada and work tirelessly to share their culture, music, traditions, and knowledge of the environment with their fellow Canadians.

The Métis Nation of Ontario Celebrates Louis Riel Day on November 16.

The province of Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day on the third Monday of February. Louis Riel was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth province. His dream of a province that embraces all cultures is still shared by Manitobans today.