TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of Métis Citizens and friends
are expected to gather at the Northwest Monument at Queens Park in Toronto on
Friday to take part in the 15th Annual Riel Day Commemorative Ceremony.
Ontario's first stand-alone Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael
Bryant, and Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, John Beaucage, will
be among those in attendance this year.
"November 16th marks a significant occasion of observance for the Métis
Nation," said Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt. "This date
gives us an opportunity to bring about an enlightened focus on the significant
role and achievements of Louis Riel and the Métis Nation in the building of
The events will begin at 10:30a.m. with the raising of the Métis Nation
flag and a sacred pipe ceremony to commemorate the Nation to Nation
Relationship between the Métis Nation and the Anishenabek Nation.
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language, and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centers around
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the
Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis
played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada and work tirelessly to
share their culture, music, traditions, and knowledge of the environment with
their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and
pay taxes in communities all across Canada.
For further information:
For further information: see the MNO website at:
http://www.metisnation.org/; Or Contact: Chelsey Quirk, Communications
Assistant, Work: (613) 798-1488 Ext. 104, Cell: (613) 299-6085,