Louis Riel's Legacy
February 17th, 2014 - 8:51am
Each year, Manitobans celebrate Louis Riel Day to remember the important role Riel played in defending Métis rights and in Manitoba’s entry into the Canadian federation.
As Manitobans we recognize the work of Louis Riel—one of the first great Métis politicians who fought to protect the French language and the rights of Aboriginal peoples.
Louis Riel Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the many contributions of Métis people to Canada’s growth and development.
We need to recognize the founding role of Louis Riel and restore his rightful place in our history. We renew our call for the government to reverse his conviction. We seek to have Louis Riel exonerated, as a vital step towards healing the relationship between the Métis people and the Government of Canada.
We need to work alongside the Métis and all Canadians to create a fairer, more inclusive country, and to achieve Louis Riel’s vision of a Canada where there is justice and equality for all.