City honours Métis people at flag raising on Louis Riel Day
November 16, 2012
At a ceremony and flag-raising today, the City of Toronto honoured the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada.
Senator Alis Kennedy of the Métis Nation of Ontario provided opening remarks at today’s event. Councillor Michael Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, brought greetings and read the proclamation, followed by words of greeting from France Picotte, Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and youth representative Christine Skura. There was also a performance by Métis youth singer Rebecca Cuddy.
“Louis Riel Day is a reminder to us of the history of Toronto and Aboriginal People,” said Councillor Layton. “It reminds us that we still have work to do. The City of Toronto continues to make change through our Statement of Commitment to the Aboriginal community and the work of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee. Louis Riel’s fight continues in Toronto and across Canada.”
On November 16, 1885, Louis Riel was hung for “high treason” – essentially because he challenged the status quo to gain minority rights and to protect the rights of Aboriginal people to keep their traditional lands.
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Mae Maracle, Co-ordinator
Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, City Manager’s Office