Press Statement – CAP Commemorates Louis Riel Day
November 15, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – On November 16th the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples will be remembering and honouring one of Canada’s most influential figures – Louis Riel.
Members of CAP will be attending a flag raising ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto. On November 16th 1885 Riel was hanged for treason ending a life devoted to enshrining the rights of Metis. “As the founder of Manitoba, Riel was the driving force behind Metis receiving recognition in Canada,” said CAP National Chief Robert Bertrand.
Over a century later, Harry Daniels picked up the fight for the Metis, off-reserve and Non-Status Indians. On April 14th 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that 600,000 Metis and Non-Status Indians were indeed “Indians” under the Canadian Constitution. “The spirit of Louis Riel was shared by Harry Daniels and ultimately led to this years’ landmark ruling,” said National Chief Bertrand. “Louis Riel is a national hero whose dedication and vision lives on today.”
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.