Louis Riel Day 2016
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"Louis Riel Day" is perhaps one of the most significant days in our history as Métis people. This day is a day of celebration of who we are as a unique people, our unique culture and traditions independent of other Aboriginal peoples.
Louis David Riel, a Messianic figure of Canadian history, born in St. Boniface Red River Settlement(Winnipeg) on October 22, 1844 was a great leader of Justice for Métis people and is recognized as a pioneer in the campaign for Métis rights in Canada. Louis Riel Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of Riel on November 16, 1885 at Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian Government in the Northwest Resistence. Louis Riel was a fearless defender of Métis Rights, Métis Culture and Idnentity. Riel made the ultimate sacrifice for his people defending the Métis, and so on this day we honour and celebrate Louis Riel in recognition of our great Leader of the Métis Peoples, Father of Manitoba and Métis Hero.
The Métis Nation BC continues Riel's fight as a nation, to gain recognition for Métis people in BC and to establish our Rights and create healthier and more sustainable Métis communities and build stronger relations with other indigienous peoples and government. All across our beautiful province of British Columbia MNBC's Chartered Communities celebrate and honour this day or within the month of November with great pride and take the opportunity to raise the awareness to others within their respective communities who the Métis are, what are struggles were then as a people and what they are today.
Louis Riel is very significant to our Canadian History as are the Métis and our contributions in building this country.
Louis Riel Day is the day we proudly proclaim our Métis ancestry ~ Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn: "We are Proud to be Métis".
President, Clara Morin Dal Col
In 1885 approximately 300 Métis men took up arms alongside Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.
… and going down the coulee I saw Gabriel and he asked where the horses were .. It was the last time I saw Gabriel … Suddenly someone called out to me “ There they are, coming down the coulee with their cannon” I looked and saw them coming down and I shouted to the young men, ‘Take Courage, Take courage pray to God’
Report of Charles Trottier on the Battle of April 24, 1885.
Prayer of the Council 1885
Lord, Our God,
Thou art the Father of mercy and consolation;
We are several French Canadian Metis
Gathered together in Council,
Who put our confidence in Thee;
Grant that we may not be covered with confusion,
Ever defend us from this,
Enlighten us in our darkness of doubt,
Encourage us in our trials,
Strengthen us in our weakness and
Succour us in the time of pressing need
~ Louis Riel