Louis Riel Day – November 16

I raised the Metis flag today in honour of Louis Riel Day which falls on November 16.

Cora Bunn, President of the Grand River Metis Community Council was in attendance along with members of the local Metis community.

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One Comment on “Louis Riel Day – November 16”

  1. zoom4 Says:

    Thanks to Mayor Karen for helping us on Louis Riel Day.

    Here is more information.

    Métis Community Commemorates Louis Riel Day at Guelph City Hall

    The Grand River Métis Council commemorates the upcoming Louis Riel Day, on November 16, by flying the Métis flag at Guelph city hall this week. Cora Bunn, President of the Grand River Métis Council, and Mayor Karen Farbridge raised the Métis flag at city hall today.

    “Raising the Métis flag at Guelph city hall recognizes our historic leader Louis Riel and celebrates our rich aboriginal heritage,” said Cora Bunn. “We are grateful to Mayor Farbridge and the city for helping commemorate this important event in our national heritage”.

    Louis Riel was a 19th century Métis leader and hero, and is now recognized as the founder of the province of Manitoba. Riel struggled for democratic rights for all, representative government and the rights of Métis people. On November 16, 1885, Louis Riel was executed by the Canadian government. On November 16 each year, Métis people across Canada honour and commemorate the legacy of Louis Riel. Events are taking place across Ontario, including Queen’s Park in Toronto.

    Flying the Métis flag at Guelph city hall occurs under the city’s courtesy flag policy that allows flags to be raised by many types of community organizations.

    The Grand River Métis Council is a regional council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, the organization representing Ontario’s Métis people, recognized in Canada’s constitution as one of three aboriginal peoples, First Nations, Inuit and the Métis. The Council includes Métis citizens in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.

    Long before Confederation, the Métis, a new Aboriginal people, emerged out of unions between First Nations women and European men working in the fur trade. Subsequent intermarriages over generations between these mixed ancestry people resulted in the genesis of a new Aboriginal people with a distinct identity, culture and communities in west central North America – the Métis Nation. Distinct Métis settlements emerged throughout what was then called “the Northwest”. In Ontario, historic Métis settlements emerged along the rivers and watersheds of the province, surrounding the Great Lakes and throughout to the northwest of the province.

    For more information:

    Cora Bunn at 519-843-7602 or corabunn@hotmail.com

    http://www.grandrivermetiscouncil.com/

    http://www.metisnation.org

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