Métis Week runs from Sunday November 15 until Saturday November 21, 2015.
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.
Métis Week signature events include
- November 15: The 5th Annual Louis Riel Commemorative Walk
- November 16: The Louis Riel Commemoration Ceremony
- November 18: Flag Raising and Proclamation Ceremony hosted by the MNA and City of Edmonton
Additional events include an MNA Open House, Senior’s Come-and-Go Tea, Genealogy Open House, Rupertsland Institute (RLI) Métis Talks and a Box Social and Jam.
All residents are invited to attend these events and partake in this grand celebration of Métis culture!
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 fly outside City Hall for the duration of Métis week following the event.