Louis Riel Day 2020

Louis Riel Day is going to look a little different this year. Like all other holidays this year, we will all have to do our part to keep our celebrations small or go virtual to commemorate this important day. In light of recent new restrictions in the Lower Mainland that will be in place over Louis Riel Day, some events have gone virtual. The V’ni Dansi Métis Dance company is selling tickets for a live-streamed show that will celebrate Métis arts, culture and dance. The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7pm. Tickets and details for a link to the live-stream can be found on their website at www.vnidansi.ca.

The Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee is also planning a virtual video event, with Métis from the Surrey community submitting videos about what Louis Riel Day means to them and how the day makes them feel. The video will be posted to the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee and Skookum Lab social media pages for all to see, and you might even catch a glimpse of MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col.

Louis Riel Day is traditionally celebrated in British Columbia and other parts of the country on Nov. 16 to commemorate the lengths to which Louis Riel went to to advocate for Métis rights in the 1880s. On Nov. 16, 1885, he was hung for treason after playing a large role in the historic Red River Rebellion. Traditionally, the Métis flag would be raised to commemorate this day around the province and Métis would gather to celebrate his memory in various ways.

If you’d like to know more about Louis Riel and the history of Louis Riel Day, check out these links:

Louis Riel Biography – Government of Manitoba

CBC News – Execution anniversary of Louis Riel inspires exhibit of rare, curious items

MNBC – Louis Riel Day