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Toronto / Niagara, ON – In recognition of Louis Riel Day on November 16, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has arranged the illumination of two iconic Canadian landmarks – the CN Tower and Niagara Falls.
Observed annually on November 16, Louis Riel Day solemnly marks the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution in 1885. This day is of profound historical importance, symbolizing Riel’s pivotal leadership during the Northwest Resistance—a bold and courageous stance taken by the Métis community to resist the encroachment of the Canadian government upon their rights and way of life. Beyond the injustice of his execution, it is crucial to recognize Riel’s remarkable political achievements and the substantial sacrifices he endured for the Métis people. Read more about Riel and his various contributions to the Métis and Canada here.
CN Tower Display
In Toronto, the CN Tower will illuminate the city’s skyline with blue and red in a display of support for Louis Riel Day. This iconic landmark has a long-standing tradition of lighting up in various colours and patterns to show solidarity and raise awareness for important causes. Louis Riel, celebrated as an eminent Métis leader, a confederation founder, a political and community leader and a fervent advocate for equal rights. Watch the tower light up in red and blue beginning at sunset for the last 20 minutes of each hour.
Niagara Falls Illumination
The lights on Niagara Falls will cast a captivating glow upon the city and remind us that, even in our most challenging moments, the strength of unity and support can create light. In honour of Louis Riel Day, Niagara Falls will be aglow in striking red and blue hues at 10:15 p.m. for a fifteen-minute spectacle on November 16. For those unable to witness the display in person, a live cam link is available, ensuring the celebration is accessible to all.
*Illumination times are approximate and subject to change according to light conditions.
“These impactful initiatives are part of Canada’s ongoing journey to Reconciliation. On Louis Riel Day, MNO citizens and communities come together to celebrate Métis rights and culture, acknowledging its profound contributions to the fabric of Canada. This annual commemoration not only honours our ancestors but also underscores the importance of the progress that Métis people are making in fulfilling Riel’s dream of Métis self-government. Notably, Bill C-53 is a key step in the ratification of Métis self-government agreements signed in February between Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Riel’s unwavering leadership and advocacy for Métis rights laid the groundwork for his dream of a Canada dedicated to safeguarding Métis rights.”
– Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
Interviews with MNO spokespeople on the significance of Louis Riel Day are available upon request. For media inquiries, please contact:
Senior Consultant, Media Profile