Louis Riel Day- November 16th
Winnipeg, Manitoba - Today, Metis Citizens of the Manitoba Metis Community, and from across the Metis Nation Homeland, continued our long tradition of remembering the death and honouring the life of past Metis Leader and Manitoba Founder Louis Riel. It is a day to celebrate his achievements and his vision to create a Province in which the rights of Metis and other Peoples would be protected and respected.
The Manitoba Metis Federation and the Union nationale métisse St-Joseph du Manitoba continue an ongoing partnership, hosting this day of remembrance. This day is not only a time to reflect on past sacrifices but also to be reminded of the continual challenges that our people face today.
Today we carry on, 121 years after his death, with his struggles for the recognition of the Metis People and our Rights. To this day the province in which the Metis founded does not recognize the inherit rights of the Metis People including the right to harvest for food – a right confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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