November 16 marks a special day for the Métis in Manitoba, a day to pay respect to the memory of Louis Riel.
The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) said in a statement that Louis Riel, the father of Manitoba, gave his life for the Métis people.
“We mark the anniversary of his death and celebrate his life. He and his government took the stand to protect our rights, our lands, and our families, MMF President David Chartrand said.
“It was by his stand, and of other Métis leaders, that the Métis became Canada’s negotiating partners in Confederation and the founders of Manitoba,” Chartrand said.
Ceremonies were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Boniface Basilica grounds.
Many special guests were expected to take part, including Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Wab Kinew, NDP Leader; Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth and several MLAs and MPs.
PHOTO GALLERY: view images of the commemoration ceremony
Manitoba RCMP were also at the event.