Louis Riel Day is held every year on November 16 across the Métis homeland. November 16 is the anniversary of Riel’s execution in 1885. During that year, Riel led Métis people in the Northwest Resistance- a stand against the Government of Canada encroaching on Metis rights and our way-of-life.

Every year MNO citizens, MNO Chartered Community Councils and communities hold events across the province to celebrate Métis culture, recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada, and to highlight the struggles that Métis continue to face. 

Mark your calendars and join us in an upcoming event by participating virtually with your little ones at the Family Social or an in-person gathering! See below for a list of opportunities.

Métis Nation of Ontario leaders. members of the Toronto and York Region Métis Council and community members will be joined by Mayor John Tory to raise the Métis flag on Louis Riel Day in Toronto. The flag raising honours the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada. This will take place at 8:45 AM and will be held at the courtesy flag pole on the Podium Roof of Toronto City Hall at 100 Queen St. West. 

A special Louis Riel Day ceremony will be held at the Provincial Legislature at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The flag raising will occur from Noon – 1PM EST. See a full agenda for the Louis Riel Day ceremony here

All are welcome to attend this commemorative event. If you are unable to join in-person, make sure to watch it LIVE on our Facebook page. 

Join the Law Society of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario for the annual Louis Riel Day program.

As part of this program, we will hear from Métis leaders and legal advisors about how Canada’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can be part of advancing the recognition and protection for distinct Métis rights – including Métis arts, culture, language, stories, land related claims and self-government – and act as a catalyst for addressing the outstanding injustices that continue to be faced by Métis communities today.

Register here for the online event held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

During this month’s family social, Métis early learners between the ages of 0-12 years will learn about a Métis superhero- Louis Riel! Engage in a finger-weaving activity, learn about the importance of the sash and play an old game with a new twist. 

This event will be held virtually on November 19, 2022 from 10 AM-12 PM EST. To register click here!