After arriving at the Winnipeg James Armstrong International Airport, there were several hundred people present greeting the Métis leaders.
A rally was held immediately after they arrived at the Louis Riel Gravesite located in the cemetery at the St. Boniface Cathedral, to celebrate their success and the prospects of the next steps of negotiations with the provincial and federal governments. At noon, a celebration of Métis culture with Métis fiddling, dancing, and traditional Métis food was held at the Community Hall, Lower Level of the St. Boniface Cathedral.
“To be a part of this historic event was truly a gift from the Great Spirit, a God-inspired moment, with Riel surely smiling down upon the great victory and vindication of his sacrifices and a testament to the tenacity, perseverance and excellent leadership of President David Chartrand, his government members and the Métis Nation citizens within the province of Manitoba which brought the Métis Nation of the Northwest into confederation” stated President Chartier.
“To be standing at Riel’s resting place with Métis leader John Morrisseau, the President who initiated the action 32 years ago and current Métis leader Chartrand who brought it home over his leadership of the past 17 years, was certainly both an honour and a humbling moment, a moment in life I will never forget” concluded President Chartier.
Highlights of the MMF Land Claims Victory Celebration: