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Louis Riel Day

In Commemoration of Louis Riel
1844-1885
Louis Riel Day Events November 16, 2011

ONTARIO

Toronto:

  • 9:00-9:45 am – Métis Flag Raising Ceremony, Toronto City Hall (viewed from Members’ Lounge) (click here to view the draft schedule)
  • 11:30-12:30 pm – Louis Riel Day Ceremony at Northwest Resistance Monument in Queen’s Park. Highlights of the ceremony will include (click here to view the draft schedule):
    • Address by Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
    • Greetings from dignitaries representing parties represented in the Provincial Parliament
    • Address by Jean Teillet, a Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel
    • A procession of Métis veterans, elders and a Legion honour guard.
    • Laying of a wreath in memory of Louis Riel at the Northwest Rebellion monument
    • Traditional Métis feast in Legislature following the ceremony
  • 4:00-8:00 pm – Law Society of Upper Canada Public Legal Education Event, at 130 Queen Street West.  This event will include: (click here to view the draft schedule):
    • Update and panel discussion with lawyers Jean Teillet, Jason Madden and Jim Aldridge, who each currently involved in Métis Rights litigation including the Manitoba Métis Federation case that goes before the Supreme Court on December 13.
    • Readings from Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont by author Joseph Boyden.

Ottawa:

In partnership with the Ottawa Métis Council, the Ottawa Police Service will celebrate Louis Riel Day and unfurl a banner at Ottawa Police headquarters

When:  Wednesday, November 16, 2011,

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: 474 Elgin Street

The flag will be on display until Friday, November 18, 2011.   Light refreshments and cake will be served.

MANITOBA

Winnipeg:

This special day begins at 10:30 a.m. with Mass at the St. Boniface Cathedral (190 de la Cathédral avenue), followed by a memorial ceremony at Louis Riel’s gravesite at 11:30 a.m. At that time invited dignitaries and President Chartrand will lay wreaths as part of the service .We respectfully request that all other wreaths be laid at the gravesite prior to the ceremony.

The day of commemoration will continue in the afternoon between 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Metis Federation Home Office (150 Henry Ave.) with a variety of historical displays and presentations exploring the “Struggles, Challenges and Accomplishments of Louis David Riel.”

SASKATCHEWAN

Batoche:

In collaboration with the Institute of Gabriel Dumont and the Friends of Batoche Inc., you are invited to:

Batoche National Historic Site, Louis Riel Day Celebration
Nov 16, 201111:00 – 2:30
Featuring: Donny Parenteau, Gregory Scofield, Dallas Boyer
Wreath ceremony

Saskatoon:

At the University of Saskatchewan

On Monday, November 16, the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Parks Canada, and Friends of Batoche, in collaboration with SUNTEP (Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program) of Saskatoon, are hosting a Louis Riel Day to honour the Métis hero.

SUNTEP and Gabriel Dumont College Student Representative Council are also holding a Louis Riel Day Commemoration on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The event will be held at the University of Saskatchewan in the Education Student’s Lounge, located in the College of Education Building. Special guest Christie Belcourt, will be sharing her art and discussing past and present Métis art. Art and information displays, jigging, singing, poetry, refreshments, and deserts will all be a part of the commemoration, recognition, and education of Métis culture and history.

ALBERTA

Edmonton:

Louis Riel Remembrance ceremony will be held at 11am at the Legislative Grounds which is at 10800 97th Avenue in Edmonton.

From Noon until 4pm, The Métis Nation of Alberta and the Genealogy Research Centre will host an Open House at the MNA Provincial Office located at: 11738 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton.

At 6pm, join in the festivities at the Delia Gray Dinner Gala which is being held at the Italian Cultural Centre at 14230 133rd Avenue.  Tickets are $35 dollars and you can get them by calling (780) 455-2200

Calgary:

Rupertsland Institute- Open House 11:00am – 2:00 pm

#5, 2611 – 37 AV NE Phone: (403)250-8902

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Prince George:

The Prince George Métis Community Association invites you to walk to commemorate the 126th anniversary of Louis Riel Day.

4:00 pm    Starting at the Court House walk to City Hall

4:30 pm    Raising of the Métis Flag and the Proclamation by the City of Prince George

5:00 pm    Refreshments & appies served at   1074 – 6th Ave. (Beside the Keg)

Smithers:

Louis Riel Day:  Wednesday, November 16th 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Smithers Campus Gathering Place 3966 2nd Ave.

“Tea and Bannock” refreshments provided.

We welcome everyone to drop in anytime during the event, bring your family and friends to learn and share about Métis people and their culture.

This event is a great opportunity to find out about services available at the Northwest Community College.  The Métis Nation BC Employment and Training Program Coordinator will be attending, as well as guest speakers and members from the Métis Nation BC Ministry of Education and the local Tri-River Métis Community.


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