TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 13, 2014) - On November 14, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Métis communities across Ontario are commemorating Louis Riel, the Métis leader who was executed by the Canadian Government, for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights. Events in Toronto will include:

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Louis Riel Day Ceremony at Northwest Rebellion Monument in Queen's Park. Highlights of the ceremony will include:
    • Address by Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
    • Greetings from France Picotte, Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario
    • Greetings from Sharon McBride, Vice-Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario
    • Greetings from Honourable David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
    • Greetings from Norm Miller, PC Critic for Aboriginal Affairs
    • Greetings from Sarah Campbell, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs
    • Greetings from Alexander Young, Métis youth representative
    • Address by Jean Teillet, a Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel
    • A procession of Métis veterans, elders and a Legion Honour Guard
    • Laying wreaths in memory of Louis Riel at the Northwest Rebellion monument
    • Reception in Legislature following the ceremony

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

  • 4:00-6:25 pm - Law Society of Upper Canada Public Legal Education Event, in the Donald Lamont Learning Centre at 130 Queen Street West. This event will include:
    • Panel discussion on Crown Responsibilities, Government Jurisdictions and Aboriginal Peoples with Métis lawyers Jean Teillet and Jason Madden and Constitutional lawyer Andrew Lokan.
    •  A performance of "Songs of the Métis: An Ode to Louis Riel," by Conlin and Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk of the renowned Métis Fiddler Quartet.

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

Contact Information:

For more information contact:
Mike Fedyk
MNO Director of Communications
613-314-9402 (cell)