On Air

Westman Connection For The Naming of Louis Riel Day!

By: Chip
Posted: February 15, 2021 08:33

Schools in Brandon, Killarney and McCreary helped name the holiday

Louis Riel

Photo Credit: Manitoba Govenment

Hope you're enjoying your day off today for Louis Riel Day. What do you have planned for today?

Louis Riel Day is a relativity new holiday here in Manitoba. It was started in 2008 and did you know that schools in Westman helped the province name the day after him?

In 2008, Manitoba schools were invited to name our province’s newest holiday and 

  • Christian Heritage School - Brandon
  • Killarney School - Killarney 
  • McCreary School - McCreary 

All voted to have the holiday named after Louis Riel

Louis Riel was the Métis leader of the Red River Resistance of 1869-70, he was instrumental in drafting the List of Rights that formed the basis of the Manitoba Act, passed by the Parliament of Canada, which brought the new province of Manitoba into Confederation.

When he was captured in 1870 he said at his trial in Regina. "I know that through the grace of God I am the founder of Manitoba"

Back to Trending Now Blog