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?
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"