We also recognize that November 16th is a dark day in this country’s history as it marks the anniversary of his execution. We know that the actions of a past repressive colonial government were driven by racism and fear – fear of a different culture and a unique way of life. We cannot forget this as we continue to work towards a Canada that values inclusivity and equality for all.
“Today, we join Métis and all Canadians to commemorate the legacy of Métis leader Louis Riel. Louis Riel is remembered for his efforts to defend Métis rights, culture and identity. He led several movements, fought for the rights of Métis, and he continues to inspire so many. His leadership led to the creation of Manitoba as Canada’s fifth province on May 12, 1870. His contribution to Canadian Confederation and advocacy for Métis and their rights have made him a renowned and celebrated historical figure.” The Government of Canada
“You simply can’t talk about the history of this country without acknowledging the contributions of Louis Riel,” said Anita Campbell, Spokeswoman for Infinity Women Secretariat and the MMF’s representative at the commemoration ceremony. “We know he was dedicated to supporting the Red River Métis and creating a Manitoba that embodied inclusion, celebrated diversity and offered opportunity for all who lived here. He represented Canadian values before there was a Canada. For these reasons and more, we celebrate his life on the day he sacrificed it for his nation.”