Louis Riel Day 2018
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"Louis Riel Day" is the most significant day in our history as Métis people. This day is a day of celebration of who we are as a unique nation of people, our unique culture and traditions independent of other Aboriginal peoples.
Louis David Riel, a transformative 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 Resistance. 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 indigenous 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. Read more >>>
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
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
Batoche (arial video)
EVENTS that are happening across BC in honour of Louis Riel!
To commemorate Louis Riel Day, MNBC is pleased to provide you with the following events that are happening around the province. Please see the detail below for an event happening in or around your community, leading up to or on Louis Riel Day.
Vermillion Forks Métis Association invites you to attend:
The Inaugural Raising of the Métis Flag in Honor of Louis Riel Day Nov 16, 2018 at 1 pm at the Princeton Town Hall.
Cake & social to follow in Veterans Square at the Gazebo.
***Metis Flag Raising***: Thursday November 15th 1.30 pm Spirit Square Join the City of Campbell River and your directors in celebrating Metis culture on the North Island in honour of Louis Riel. Everyone welcome ~ please wear your sash! Photo op time!
***Louis Riel Celebration***: Sunday November 18th, Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway, CR
Doors open at 1 pm! Celebrate our culture and join in the activities, music, dancing and dinner buffet! FMI call NIMA 250.287.7417 or email email@example.com
TRI-RIVER METIS INVITE YOU TO OUR OPEN HOUSE & LOUIS RIEL CELEBRATION
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16TH
5PM TO 7PM
Gathering at the Community Futures Bldg, (upstairs) elevator on side of building if needed.
#200-3848 3rd Ave Smithers
Soup & Bannock
We welcome everyone to drop in anytime during the event, bring your family and friends to celebrate National Louis Riel Day and share Métis culture
Hope to see you there.
Join your community in this exciting flag raising honouring event!
All My Relations
Kamloops Métis Raise their National Flag and Honour Louis Riel on November 16, 2018
October 31, 2018
For Immediate Release
Kamloops, OCT 31, 2018 - For the first time, Kamloops Métis will raise their national flag in front of City Hall, on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9AM. This inaugural event will honour Louis Riel, (champion of the Métis people) and acknowledge many exciting milestones for Métis people in the last 2 years. Louis Riel celebrations will carry on later into the evening with a gala dinner and silent auction at the Coast Hotel.
Flag Raising at 9am in front of City Hall
Elder prayer and short speeches:
City Hall Representative and President (TRMS) Dean Gladue
Lii Michif Buffalo Gals Jigging Group
Join Fort St. John Métis Society at their Louis Riel Brunch
Seniors Hall - 10908 - 100 St., Fort St. John