Statement from the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on Louis Riel Day
Today David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, released the following statement:
"November 16 is a significant date for Métis people and all people in Ontario. On this date in 1885, Métis leader Louis Riel was executed for leading the Northwest Resistance in defence of Métis rights.
Today, Louis Riel is recognized as a statesman, having played a pivotal role in the history of Métis people, as well as the formation of Canada. We commemorate Louis Riel Day annually to honour and celebrate Riel's contributions, as well as the wide-ranging contributions the Métis people continue to make in Ontario.
Acknowledging Louis Riel's contributions helps recognize and build respect for the history, culture and identity of Métis people.
We will continue working with Métis partners to uphold Riel's legacy and create new opportunities for Métis people as we continue on the journey of reconciliation together."