SOURCE: Metis Nation of Ontario

Metis Nation of Ontario

November 16, 2015 06:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Louis Riel Day Events in Toronto Nov. 16, 2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 16, 2015) - Louis Riel was the great Métis leader and Father of Confederation executed by the Canadian government on November 16, 1885, for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights. Louis Riel Day is held annually on November 16 to commemorate Riel, celebrate Métis culture and recognize Métis contributions to Canada. Among the Louis Riel Day events being held in Métis communities across Ontario, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is holding several events in Toronto that include:

  • 8:45-9:35 am - Métis Flag Raising Ceremony, Toronto City Hall (Members' Lounge)
  • 11:30 am -12:40 pm - Provincial Louis Riel Day Ceremony at Northwest Rebellion Monument in Queen's Park. Highlights will include:
    • Address by Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
    • Greetings from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario
    • Greetings from the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Ontario Legislature
    • Greetings from Honourable David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
    • Greetings from Norm Miller, PC Critic for Aboriginal Affairs
    • Greetings from France Gelinas, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs
    • Address by Jean Teillet, a Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel's family

Note: President Gary Lipinski will be available for media interviews prior to and following the event.

  • 4:00-6:00 pm - Reconciliation with the Métis: The Road Ahead; Law Society Office, 130 Queen Street West. This event is a legal roundtable with the following participants:
  • Jean Teillet, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP (Moderator)
  • Gary Lipinski, President, Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Professor Emeritus Peter H. Russell, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Candice Telfer, Counsel, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Jason Madden, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP

More information including complete agendas for all activities can be found at:

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Contact Information

  • For more information contact:

    Mike Fedyk
    MNO Director of Communications
    613-314-9402 (cell)