Every year, Métis from across the Homeland, honour the anniversary of the unjust execution of Louis Riel by holding Louis Riel Day events. Although Louis Riel Day commemorates one of the great tragedies of Canadian history, it is also a day to celebrate Métis culture and the continuing progress the Métis people are making in fulfilling Louis Riel’s dream of the Métis taking their rightful place within Confederation.
Provincial Louis Riel Day ceremonies will be held at Queen’s Park in Toronto on November 15, 2013.
A note to all citizens. This year the Louis Riel Day ceremony starts at 11:00 am instead of the traditional 11:30 am.
This year’s provincial Louis Riel Day events are especially poignant because they will also recognize the landmark tenth anniversary of the historic R. v. Powley decision. As has happened for the 12 previous years, this Louis Riel Day the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Law Society of Upper Canada are partnering on an event to highlight key developments in Métis law, research and self-government. In honour of R. v. Powley, this year’s event features a panel of distinguished lawyers and MNO President Gary Lipinski who will discuss the significance of the Powley case; past, present and future. This will be followed by a reading by author Lawrence Hill from his novels; Blood: The Stuff of Life and The Book of Negroes.
The MNO Toronto and York Métis Council is also holding at Métis Flag Raising at Toronto City Hall.
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