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November 15, 2013
City of Toronto honours Métis people at flag raising for Louis Riel Day
At a ceremony and flag raising this morning, the City of Toronto honoured the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada.

Senator Joseph Piotras of the Métis Nation of Ontario provided the opening blessing at today's event. Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, brought greetings and read the proclamation, followed by remarks from France Picotte, Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Robert Bird from the Toronto Métis Council and youth representative Christine Skura also spoke.

"Louis Riel Day is an important reminder of the contribution of Riel to the Métis people and to the development of Canada," said Councillor Layton. "This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision that ensured Métis rights in Ontario are protected under the Constitution. There is still work to be done to achieve Riel's vision. The City of Toronto continues to build strong working relationships with Aboriginal communities and partnerships for the development of successful programs and policies."

On November 16, 1885, Louis Riel was hung for “high treason” – essentially because he challenged the status quo to gain minority rights and to protect the rights of Aboriginal people to keep their traditional lands.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Mae Maracle
Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, City Manager’s Office



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