A banner made of four photos. The first photo shows a group of secondary school students wearing orange Every Child Matters shirts over their school uniforms, for Orange Shirt Day. The second photo shows an Indigenous knowledge keeper showing students how to traditionally prepare a fire during camping trip. The third photo shows a student doing an exercise in class for hand-weaving traditional Indigenous shoes. The fourth photo shows a presentation by the Equity Department at the CEC in collaboration with the Special Education Department, showing a collage of student artwork of Indigenous peoples and culture.

Louis Riel Day

We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on. – Louis Riel


November 16 is Louis Riel Day. Every year on this day, the anniversary of the death of Louis Riel, Canadians from across Canada come together to remember him, his cause, and his legacy.

Riel fought for the rights of all landowners in Western Canada, including First Nation people, Métis people, and European settlers. He fought for the protection of language rights for both French and English speaking people, even though he himself spoke French and French was the dominant language in Red River. He dreamed of the day when the religious prejudices of Europe would not impact the people in what is now Canada.


A collaged photo of Louis Riel