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November 14, 2000
Louis Riel Focus of Toronto Events
  
Louis Riel and his people, the Metis Nation, will be the centre of attention in
Toronto this week at a number of events at Toronto City Hall, the Law Society
of Upper Canada and at Queen's Park. These events mark the first-ever
partnership between the Metis Nation of Ontario, the Law Society of Upper
Canada and the City of Toronto.

Judges, lawyers and benchers of the Law Society, Ontario's Attorney General,
provincial opposition members, Toronto City Councillors, representatives of the
business community and Metis Nation from across southern Ontario are expected
to attend the various public events planned for the week.

November 16, 2000 marks the 115th anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel.
Commemorative events that day begin with a flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, followed by a reception in the
Members' Lounge. At 11 a.m., the Metis Nation of Ontario's 7th Annual
Commemorative Ceremony to Honour Louis Riel will be held at the Northwest
Rebellion Monument at the entrance to Queen's Park. A traditional Metis "Moose
Feast" will be held in Committee Rooms in the Legislative Building at noon.

On November 15, 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m., a special panel discussion on Metis
rights - past, present and future - will be held at the Law Society of Upper
Canada, 130 Queen Street West. Chaired by Metis Nation of Ontario President
Tony Belcourt, the panel features Metis lawyers Jean Teillet of Ruby & Edwardh,
and Larry Chartrand, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. Jason Madden
will make a presentation on behalf of the Metis National Council. A reception
will follow.

Numerous other events are planned throughout the week:
· An art exhibit titled: "Re-awakening a Nation - Metis Artists in Ontario," in
the Museum Room, Law Society of Upper Canada (November 6 - 24, 2000).
· "Youth Program on Métis History and Métis Rights" 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., November
15, 2000, Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto
· "Louis Riel, Metis History and Metis Rights in Ontario," a presentation by
Tony Belcourt 12:30 p.m., November 15 at Seneca College, Planetarium Room,
Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Ave. East


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