Raising the Métis flag across the Niagara Region

Submitted by: MNO Niagara Region Métis Council Treasurer Laura Burey

Raising The Flag In The Niagara Region -photo .docx
(Left-right): Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, MNO
Niagara Region Councilor Paul Grenier, Niagara City Mayor
Sandra Easton, MNO Niagara Region Métis Council
(NRMC)Chair Brian Kon, MNO NRMC Senator Gary
Laframboise, Niagara Region Chair Alan Caslin, MNO
NRMC President Derrick Pont, Member of Parliament
Chris Bittle and MayorTed Luciani. (Missing from photo):
Mayor Patrick Darte,Mayor Jim Diodati and MNO NRMC
Councilor Joyce Morocco. Click here for larger picture.
On November 15, 2017, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Niagara Region Métis Council (NRMC) hosted a Louis Riel Day event at the Niagara Region headquarters in Thorold. In addition to local MNO citizens, the MNO NRMC invited representatives from all twelve municipalities in the region.

The MNO NRMC citizens present raised the Métis flag together, to pay tribute to the great Métis leader Louis Riel.

The Council was honoured by the presence of Member of Parliament (MP) and MNO citizen Vance Badawey, MP Chris Bittle, Niagara Region Chair Alan Caslin, Niagara Region Mayors Frank Campion, Patrick Darte, Sandra Easton, Ted Luciani and Jim Diodati. Also in attendance was Niagara Region Councilor Paul Grenier and MNO NRMC Councilor Joyce Morocco.

The MNO NRMC gifted Métis flags to each municipality as well as the Niagara Region and asked each to raise the their flags on November 16, 2017, to honour Louis Riel and for his bravery on giving his life for the Métis people.

Following raising the flag, kind words were spoken about Louis Riel from MNO NRMC President Derrick Pont, MNO NRMC Chair Brian Kon, MP Badaway and MP Bittle.

After the remarks, the Council invited everyone inside for refreshments, cultural music and dancing.

The following day, November 16, 2017, the Métis flag was raised by MNO NRMC Senator Gary Laframboise at Club Richelieu in Welland, MNO NRMC Chair Brian Kon at Niagara Region Native Centre in Niagara-On-the-Lake and Treasurer Laura Burey at the Niagara Military Museum in Niagara Falls.

This day not only marked a day of remembrance and education but a day of unity between the Métis people and all other citizens in the Niagara Region.

Posted: November 28, 2017

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