On Nov. 16, the University of Guelph will fly the Métis flag in recognition of Louis Riel Day. The day marks the anniversary of Métis leader Louis Riel’s execution following the Northwest Resistance – a stand against Canadian encroachment on Métis lands and way of life. The flag will remain up until Nov. 19.
Riel is recognized for his efforts to support the Métis Nation and protect Métis rights. He is also known for his role in negotiating Manitoba’s inclusion in Confederation and his work toward the protection of minority language rights.
A flag-raising ceremony takes place Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in front of the University Centre. All students, staff and faculty are welcome; please wear a face mask.
Louis Riel Day is also an opportunity to celebrate Métis culture, recognize the many contributions of Métis to Canada, and highlight the struggles that many Métis continue to face.
“ I am more convinced everyday that without a single exception I did right. And I have always believed that, as I have acted honestly, the time will come when the people of Canada will see and acknowledge it.” – Louis Riel
Alicia Hamilton, chair of the Grand River Métis Council, says, “On November 16, we remember Louis Riel: a great leader, the Father of Manitoba and a hero of the Métis people.”