November 16, 2018 Winnipeg, MB – President Chartier attended the Louis Riel Day commemoration ceremony at Louis Riel’s gravesite in St. Boniface. On November 16, 1885 Riel was executed for leading the Northwest Resistance in defence of Métis rights.
Métis people across Manitoba came together on Nov. 16th to mark the 133 anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel.
”November 16 is a very significant day for the Métis Nation as it gives us an opportunity to commemorate and honour the sacrifice made by Louis Riel who gave his life in the defence of the rights of the Métis, a legacy which instills in our people the determination and spirit to continue the battle for justice and rights” stated President Chartier.
Many people came out to take part in the ceremony, which honoured the life and contributions of Riel. This was followed by a traditional meal, complete with moose stew and bannock served at Elsie Bear’s Kitchen at the MMF building.
Statement by the Prime Minister on Louis Riel Day
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day:
“Today, we commemorate the life of Louis Riel, a dedicated Métis leader, politician, and the founder of the province of Manitoba.
“A champion for minority rights and the Métis Nation, Louis Riel played a key role in Canadian Confederation. He was a visionary who dreamed of a diverse and inclusive Canada. On Louis Riel Day, we reflect on his contributions to building the country we are all proud to call home.
“This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Métis Nation leaders at the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit. The Summit supports the Canada-Métis Nation Accord and helps advance Canada’s commitment to work with the Métis Nation and drive progress toward their vision of self-determination.
“As we continue to strengthen our relationship and build on our efforts of reconciliation, I encourage Canadians to reflect on the important contributions of the Métis people. We recognize the vital role they have played – and continue to play – in building Canada.”