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Pinawa Public Library

The Biblio File
February 17, 2020

Louis Riel Day is a provincial statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February in Manitoba, and we have updated our library display shelf with reading to reflect this.

Legislation proclaiming this date as Louis Riel Day was passed by Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly in 2007, and first celebrated on February 18th 2008.

Louis Riel Day is a name that was suggested by Manitoba school students, in honour of Louis Riel, the political leader of the Métis people of the Canadian Prairies and regarded as the Father of Manitoba.

Louis Riel was a passionate Métis leader. He was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth province and joining confederation. Louis Riel’s dream of a province that embraces all cultures is still shared by Manitobans today.

He led two rebellions against the government of Canada and was executed after being convicted for high treason in November 1885.

We will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for Louis Riel Day.