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Minister’s statement on Louis Riel Day

Press Release

Nov. 16, 2023

VICTORIA – Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark Louis Riel Day:

“Today, we honour the anniversary of the death of Louis Riel, a leader in the history and culture of Métis people. We also celebrate his life and legacy. Louis Riel was a passionate advocate of justice for the Métis people, who strove to have Métis people accepted as equals in Canada.

“On Nov. 16, 1885, Louis Riel was hanged after being convicted of treason. He paid with his life for his beliefs. The day’s significance is annually recognized by Métis people throughout British Columbia in commemoration of Louis Riel’s death, his legacy, enduring influence and the ideals that he died defending.

“On the 138th anniversary of his death, we remember Louis Riel was a humanitarian and a strong advocate for Métis people. He was also one of the Métis Nation’s foremost historic leaders who strove for justice and broad minority rights as Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870.

“This day is also an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Métis people in British Columbia. Métis people have a distinct culture and distinct practices, and are integral to the rich cultural fabric of B.C. The Province deeply values its ongoing relationships and work with Métis Nation British Columbia and Métis people.

“Today, let’s honour Louis Riel and, together, let’s continue the work to build a strong future for the Métis of tomorrow.”


Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Media Relations
778 679-6631


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