McGuinty Government Marks Louis Riel Day At Queen's Park

    15th Annual Celebration Honours Métis Culture, Language and Heritage

    QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Michael Bryant, Ontario's new Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs, invited everyone in Ontario to honour the culture,
language and heritage of Métis people as he took part in the 15th Annual Louis
Riel Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Ontario Legislature this morning.
    "It is all about strengthening our relationships with the Aboriginal
community," said Bryant "Ontario recognizes that the establishment of
constructive, cooperative relationships is the basis for improving the
well-being and prosperity of Aboriginal communities, now and for the future."
    Louis Riel's role as a nation builder was not recognized during his
lifetime. It is only recently that Canadians have begun to acknowledge Riel's
contributions in shaping the bilingual, multicultural Canada that we live in
today. Louis Riel Day is an important opportunity to share in this rich
    Bryant will also deliver greetings to the Métis from Premier McGuinty
when he addresses a Louis Riel Day public forum hosted by the Law Society of
Upper Canada at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto this afternoon.
    He will reiterate Ontario's commitment to recognize the unique needs of
the Métis in Ontario by working in collaboration with the Métis Nation of
Ontario and the federal government to identify priorities and approaches to
addressing the Ipperwash Inquiry Report recommendations. A key step is
developing a bilateral framework agreement that reflects the social and
political growth within the MNO-Ontario process.
    Earlier this year, Ontario made an initial investment of $6 million to
support the implementation of the new First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education
Policy Framework.
    "It is important for all school children to learn the rich history and
continuing contributions of the Métis people," Bryant said.

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For further information:

For further information: Contact: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal
Affairs, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Merike Nurming, Ministry of
Aboriginal Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4079

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