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Métis Week is an annual event planned by the Métis Nation of Alberta, and sees a range of interesting commemorative events take place across Alberta.

What is Métis Week?

Louis Riel devoted and sacrificed his life defending the rights of Métis people. Riel’s legacy continues to resonate across the homeland.

Each year, on November 16, Métis people across Canada pay tribute to the Right Honourable Louis Riel by holding a commemorative ceremony on the date of his execution. This ceremony symbolizes the commitment Métis people share in striving for and promoting the visions of Louis Riel and is one of the most important dates on the Métis calendar.

In addition to recognizing Louis Riel Day on November 16, the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has declared the week surrounding November 16 as “Métis Week.” The week is devoted to commemorating the sacrifices of the Métis who continue to strive toward rights and recognition as a distinct nation.

City of Edmonton Honours Métis Week

To honour Métis Week and the Métis people of Edmonton and surrounding areas, each year the City of Edmonton partners with the Métis Nation of Alberta and its local regional council to host a proclamation and flag-raising ceremony in City Hall.

By doing so, the City of Edmonton recognizes the important role that Métis people have played in the founding and development of Edmonton, and the contributions they continue to make to our great city.

The Métis Nation of Alberta flag will be on display inside City Hall.

Métis Week Events

Monday November 13
Louis Riel Commemorative Walk and Reception

Location: St. Margaret’s Church (starting point for the walk)
Time: 10am-1pm

Join us to walk 6.6 kilometers in honour of Riel’s family and friends. Following the walk, mass with Archbishop Richard Smith, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton will be held at St. Margaret’s Church, followed by light lunch at Deville North Cooking Lake Hall.

Tuesday November 14
Métis Urban Housing Corporation (MUHC) Open House

Location: 11923 121A Street
Time: 11am-1pm

Learn about the programs and services MUHC provides for the community.


Veterans and Seniors Tea

Location: Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office, #100 11738 Kingsway
Time: 1-3pm

All Métis Veterans and Seniors are welcomed to enjoy an afternoon of tea, coffee, and light snacks.

Wednesday November 15
City Hall Proclamation

Location: City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Time: 11am-1pm

Each year the Métis Nation of Alberta and City of Edmonton host a proclamation in commemoration of Métis Week. Light lunch and entertainment will be provided following the ceremony.

In the evening, City Hall will be lit blue and white in support of Métis Week.


Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation

Location:  University of Alberta Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue
Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Join us for the launch of Library and Archives Canada’s exhibition exploring Métis culture and history including a Métis 101 presentation by Métis Nation of Alberta’s Marilyn Lizee. Reception and light snacks to follow. 

Thursday November 16
Louis Riel Commemorative Ceremony

Location: Alberta Legislature Building, 10800 97 Avenue 
Time: 1-4pm

Join us as we pay tribute to Louis Riel by holding a commemorative ceremony on the exact date and time of his execution, November 16 at 11am.


Métis Nation of Alberta Open House

Location: Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office, #100 11738 Kingsway
Time: 1-4pm

Explore the programs and services offered at the Métis Nation of Alberta.


Métis Health and Wellness Pop Up Clinics

Location: Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office, #100 11738 Kingsway
Time: 1-6pm

A range of free health services will be on location for citizen access and use.


Rupertsland Institute Métis Training to Employment Open House

Location: 12308 111 Avenue
Time: 2-4pm

 
Friday November 17
Métis Health and Wellness Pop Up Clinics

Location: Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office, #100 11738 Kingsway
Time: 9am-noon

A range of health services will be on location for citizen access and use.


Métis Week Gala: Celebrating our Rich, Vibrant Culture in Canada

Location: ENOCH Grand Ballroom, River Cree Casino & Resort, 300 East Lapotac Boulevard
Time: 5:30pm

Join Métis Urban Housing Corporation and the Métis Nation of Alberta for an evening of entertainment, dinner, and celebrating our Métis community.

For ticketing information, please contact Lisa at 780-452-6440 or Margaret at 780-455-2200 Ext 382.

Saturday November 18
Unveiling of the Rupertsland Reading Room Plaque 

Location: MacEwan University, 10700 104 Avenue
Time: 1-3pm


Family Day

Location: Edmonton Inn, 11834 Kingsway Avenue
Time: 1-5pm

Join the Métis Nation of Alberta for jigging and fiddling camps. All ages are welcome.

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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