Participants at the 2015 Louis Riel Day celebration in
Toronto. The full picture caption can be found at the bottom of the page. Click here to view a larger version of the picture
Louis Riel was the great Métis leader executed by the Canadian government for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights and the Métis way-of-life. Every year Louis Riel Day is held to remember what Riel sacrificed, and renews the commitment to completing his work. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) celebrates Louis Riel Day to recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada and to highlight the continuing struggles that Métis continue to face. Métis communities across Ontario hold Louis Riel Day events and a provincial ceremony takes place every year in Toronto at the Northwest Rebellion monument on the grounds of the provincial Legislature.
Picture caption: (L-R) Jennifer Nicholson (MNO citizen), Marilyn Hew (MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council [TYRMC] Secretary/Treasurer), Lindsay DuPré (MNO citizen), Todd Ross (MNO TYRMC Chair), Tera Beaulieu (MNO TYRMC President), Constance Simmonds (MNO TYRMC Senator), Mike Layton (Toronto City Councillor), Sharon Cadeau (PCMNO Vice-Chair and WSMNO Spokesperson), Joe Cressy (Toronto City Councillor), the Honourable David Zimmer (Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation), France Picotte (PCMNO Chair), Anita Tucker (PCMNO Region 8 Councillor), and Reta Gordon (Honourary MNO Senator).
2016 Louis Riel Day Events
Updated: April 15, 2021