Louis Riel Day celebrated in Clearwater

Louis Riel day celebrations are held all over the country

Pictured:  Dancing a jig at the Louis Riel day celebration in Clearwater at the  Elks Hall Nov. 15.

Pictured: Dancing a jig at the Louis Riel day celebration in Clearwater at the Elks Hall Nov. 15.

To the editor;

Louis Riel day celebrations are held all over the country. November 16  is a day of remembrance, and celebration for Métis people. Thank you to all who came to join us Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Elks hall in Clearwater. Many thanks to all of our supporters, and volunteers. BC Métis Federation, Aboriginal Engagement Success By 6, and the N.T. Aboriginal Cultural Centre, for making this day happen in our valley.

Louis Riel Day is perhaps one of the most significant days in our history as Métis people. This day is a day of celebration of who we are as a unique people, with our culture and traditions independent of other Aboriginal peoples. Louis Riel Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of Riel on Nov. 16, 1885, at Regina, Saskatchewan.

Riel made the ultimate sacrifice for his people defending Métis Rights, and so on this day we honour and celebrate Louis Riel in recognition of our great Leader of the Métis Peoples, Father of Manitoba Métis Hero.

Louis Riel Day is the day we proudly proclaim our Métis ancestry.

“Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn “We are Proud to be Métis”

Thousands of very proud Métis people all around B.C. celebrate with various cultural activities, potluck dinners, workshops and other events of celebration, teachings and presentations to honour his memory and promote our Métis pride.

A wonderful lunch, and yummy bannock (courtesy of Tipi Treats) jigging, games, displays.

Watch our website for updates and pictures of our day. www.aboriginalculture.ca or ww.aboriginalculture.ca/home

Thank You

Cindy Wilgosh

Executive Director

NT Aboriginal Cultural Centre