TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Louis Riel was the great Métis leader and Father of Confederation executed by the Canadian government on November 16, 1885, for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights. Louis Riel Day is held annually on November 16 to commemorate Riel, celebrate Métis culture and recognize Métis contributions to Canada. Métis communities across Ontario will be holding Louis Riel Day events and the provincial Louis Riel Day ceremony is taking place at Queen's Park starting at 12:00 noon. The ceremony will take place at the ceremonial flag pole located to the West of the front steps of the Legislative Building. Highlights of the ceremony will include:
- Address by Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
- Greetings from the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Ontario Legislature
- Greetings from Honourable David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Greetings from Lisa Thompson, MPP Huron-Bruce, representing the Progressive Conservative Party
- Greetings from Michael Mantha, MPP Algoma-Manitoulin, representing the New Democratic Party
- Address by Paul Robitaille, Métis youth representative
- Address by Jean Teillet, a Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel's family
A full agenda for the ceremony is attached to this media advisory.
Note: President Margaret Froh will be available for media interviews prior to and following the event.
SOURCE Métis Nation of Ontario
For further information: Mike Fedyk, Director of Communications, Métis Nation of Ontario, 613-798-1488 ext. 108, 613-314-9402 (cell)