Government of Canada

Government of Canada

February 15, 2016 09:00 ET

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Louis Riel Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 15, 2016) - Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day:

"Today, I join the Métis people, Manitobans, and Canadians across the country to commemorate Louis Riel: a champion of minority rights, a Founder of Manitoba, and a key contributor to Canadian Confederation.

"Louis Riel made important sacrifices to defend the rights, the freedoms, and the culture of the Métis people. The ideals that Louis Riel fought for - ideals of inclusiveness and equality - are now the very same values on which we base our country's identity.

"As we work to renew a nation-to-nation relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada, including the Métis people, let us take a moment to reflect on the life of Louis Riel, and celebrate the many contributions of Métis communities to our great country."

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