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Ottawa, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous leaders and community representatives were joined by elected officials and staff from City of Toronto to raise the flag of the Métis Nation of Ontario and proclaimed November 16 as Louis Riel Day in Toronto to honour the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada, media reports said.
Louis Riel is remembered as a great Métis leader, a founder of confederation, a political and spiritual leader and a staunch advocate for minority rights.
Louis Riel. Image credit: Courtesy of Govt of Canada Indigenous
Today, Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community. Louis Riel Day is acknowledged every year on November 16 across Canada as is the anniversary of the Red River Resistance and Riel’s unjust execution in 1885 for defending the rights of the Métis people.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Louis Riel and the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance, led by Riel.
Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today on the observance of Louis Riel Day.
Carolyn Bennett. Image credit: Facebook page
“On Louis Riel Day, Canadians join the Métis Nation in honouring the life of Louis Riel. As a leader, activist and key contributor to Canadian Confederation, Louis Riel’s legacy lives on to this day and reminds us of the importance of social justice, Métis culture and heritage in Canadian society.
We also recognize that November 16th is a dark day in this country’s history as it marks the anniversary of his execution. We know that the actions of a past repressive colonial government were driven by racism and fear - fear of a different culture and a unique way of life. We cannot forget this as we continue to work towards a Canada that values inclusivity and equality for all.
The Government of Canada thanks the Métis Nation for their dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of Louis Riel. Today, Canada and the Métis Nation are committed to building a strong, collaborative relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
In honor of this day, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are encouraged to learn more about Métis history and culture as we all continue on this joint journey of reconciliation.”