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Special statement from President Chartrand on Louis Riel Day

Special statement from President Chartrand on Louis Riel Day

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis — Today, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is proud to celebrate the life and legacy of Louis Riel, the father and first Premier of Manitoba.

The MMF, as the National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, invites all Manitobans of every language, culture and heritage to join us in making this a day for families, in honour of Louis Riel. Let us cherish our unity and camaraderie as we contemplate the importance of family, province and country.

Louis Riel’s people, the Red River Metis, are proud of our history and the legacy of our great leader. Truly, he was a father of Canada’s Confederation, who played a pivotal role bringing the West into Canada.

I hope every Manitoban takes a moment on this day to reflect on the leadership of Louis Riel and the Provisional Government, who created a province with a vision of inclusivity that included the protection of language and minority rights, along with the right to religious freedom. This vision is still felt today in the character and heart of this place we call home.

To help Manitobans celebrate Louis Riel Day with family, friends and community, the MMF is hosting events across many regions. To find a community event near you, visit

Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis. 

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratic government for the Manitoba Métis, also known as the Red River Métis, the origin and core of the Métis Nation. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

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