Every year on November 16, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizens and communities hold events across the province to commemorate the life and legacy of Métis leader Louis Riel.

A special ceremony is always held at the Provincial Legislature at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Riel’s execution in 1885 is one of the great tragedies of Canadian history, but it has also become a day to celebrate Métis culture and the continuing progress that Métis people are making in fulfilling Riel’s dream of Métis taking their rightful place within Confederation.

Attending this year’s provincial Louis Riel Day ceremony MNO citizens and leaders as well as dignitaries from both the Ontario and federal government. President of Métis Nation–Saskatchewan, Glen McCallum also made remarks celebrating the achievements of the Métis people in Canada, including the recent signing of historic Self-government Agreements earlier this year.

If you were unable to attend the ceremony in Toronto, see this year’s video for highlights and comments regarding the 2019 Louis Riel Day celebration.