The Métis Nation Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Louis Riel Day
TORONTO, Nov. 15 – Hundreds of Métis Citizens and friends are expected to gather at the Northwest Monument at Queens Park in Toronto on Friday to take part in the 15th Annual Riel Day Commemorative Ceremony.
Ontario’s first stand-alone Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant, and Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, John Beaucage, will be among those in attendance this year. “November 16th marks a significant occasion of observance for the Métis Nation,” said Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt. “This date gives us an opportunity to bring about an enlightened focus on the significant role and achievements of Louis Riel and the Métis Nation in the building of Canada.”
The events will begin at 10:30a.m. with the raising of the Métis Nation flag and a sacred pipe ceremony to commemorate the Nation to Nation Relationship between the Métis Nation and the Anishenabek Nation.
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language, and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centers around Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada and work tirelessly to share their culture, music, traditions, and knowledge of the environment with their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in communities all across Canada.
For further information: see the MNO website at: http://www.metisnation.org/; Or Contact: Chelsey Quirk, Communications Assistant, Work: (613) 798-1488 Ext. 104, Cell: (613) 299-6085, [email protected], [email protected]rg