As you know, each year on November 16 the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) marks Louis Riel Day. While this annual day of recognition is the somber commemoration of the execution of Louis Riel in 1885, it is also an opportunity to come together to recognize Riel’s many contributions to Canada as well as highlight the historic struggles and contemporary achievements of the Métis.
Due to COVID-19, this year the MNO will host a series of virtual events that aim to celebrate, educate, and advocate the importance of Métis culture, rights, history and contemporary realities. We invite you to join us and share widely within your communities.
The day will start with a video message from President Margaret Froh on Facebook at 9am EST.
At 10am, President Froh will participate in a socially distanced flag-raising in Toronto at Nathan Philip Square, which will be broadcast live via the MNO Facebook page. [PLEASE NOTE: Due to these increased measures and the advice of Toronto Public Health in person flag raising ceremonies have been cancelled. There will be a Métis flag raised and Mayor Tory will still issue a proclamation]
Finally, we will gather virtually at 5:30pm for an important discussion about Advancing reconciliation with the Métis by addressing outstanding Crown duties, promises, and obligations, hosted by the Law Society of Ontario.
President Froh will be joined by Jason Madden LL.B, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet, Theresa Stenlund, Regional Councilor Northwestern Ontario Métis Community, Mitch Case, Regional Councilor, Sault Ste. Marie and Environs Métis Community, Greg Garratt, Captain of the Hunt and Community Council President, representing Georgian Bay and Environs Métis Community and Jacques Picotte, Regional Councilor, Historic Abitibi Inland Métis Community. This event is open to all but requires pre-registration – click here for details and to register.
From November 18 – 24, the MNO will continue to share the stories of its historic communities with the release of a series of educational videos. You are invited to share these videos within your network to support an improved understanding of Ontario’s history.
More Louis Riel Day activities across the Métis Nation of Ontario:
- Ottawa Region Métis Council
- Kenora Métis Council
- Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council
- Niagara Region Metis Council
- Georgian Bay Métis Council
Posted on November 13, 2020