Louis Riel Day an opportunity for education

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WATCH: Global's Sean Leslie brings you more on the educational side of Louis Riel Day. – Feb 15, 2016

WINNIPEG — Thousands of Winnipeggers were outside enjoying above average temperatures on Louis Riel Day but for some the holiday was about more than just having fun.

Programs around the city offered up information to people looking to find out more about Riel, Metis culture and the origins of Manitoba.

At Festival du Voyageur a Louis Riel mosaic was unveiled that was created by photos sent by Manitobans while other events and activities also commemorated Louis Riel while explaining his historical context.

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“I think it helps people realize that this is a group of people that actually helped sculpt Manitoba and Western Canada,” Chris Black, senior interpreter at Festival du Voyageur said.

At the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Metis musical artists performed throughout the afternoon including Ray St. Germain.

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A discussion on Metis rights also took place which was lead by retired director of the St. Boniface Museum Philippe Mailhot.

“Every year there’s more and more people learning the story of Louis Riel [and groups] organizing activities to celebrate not only Riel but the Metis people and Manitoba in general,” Mailhot said.

The St. Boniface Museum was also using the opportunity to educate people about Metis culture and Louis Riel by hosting discussions and a musical performance.