MNO President Gary Lipinski (foreground) speaks at the 2011 Louis Riel Day Provincial Ceremony in Toronto. (l-r, background) Colin Sawchuk (Métis youth representative), Jean Teillet (Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel), Sharon McBride (MNO Vice-chair) and France Picotte (MNO Chair)

On November 16, 1885, Louis Riel was executed by the Canadian government, and each year, for the last 19 years, November 16, has marked a significant occasion of observance across the Métis Nation, with Louis Riel Day ceremonies held throughout Canada. This date gives us the opportunity to commemorate the significant role and achievements of Louis Riel and the Métis Nation in the building of Canada. Click here to view a story about this year’s Louis Riel Day ceremony in Toronto

This year’s celebration will continue to recognize the progress made on the path to achieving Riel’s vision, “a place for the Métis.” The Métis Nation of Ontario has made significant progress and continues to strengthen the relationship with the Government of Ontario through the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement.

The provincial Louis Riel Day Ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin with the raising of the Métis Nation flag, followed by a procession to the Northwest Rebellion Monument. A traditional feast will follow at the Legislative Building in Committee Rooms 228 and 230 at 12:40 p.m.

Additionally, the City of Toronto will proclaim November 16, “Louis Riel Day” and the Métis flag will be raised for the twelfth year at City Hall.

The Law Society of Upper Canada is hosting a seminar with a panel discussion on the State of Métis Law, Research and Self-Government in Canada. This year’s discussions will focus on the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in reference to the significance of Section 25, which enshrined Métis and other Aboriginal rights in the constitution.