Louis Riel Day

Louis Riel Day

Louis Riel Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Manitoba, named in honour of Louis Riel, the Métis leader regarded as the Father of Manitoba. It is held on the third Monday in February.

In February 2007, it was reported that the Manitoba government was considering a February holiday. Legislation proclaiming the third Monday in February as a statutory holiday was passed by Manitoba's Legislative Assembly on April 17, 2007, and first celebrated February 18, 2008. The day is known as Louis Riel Day, a name suggested by Manitoba school students. [cite news |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Manitoba's new holiday: Louis Riel Day|url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/25/stat-holiday.html |work= |publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation |date=2007-09-25 |accessdate= 2007-11-16 ]

The date corresponds to Family Day in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, and Heritage Day in some Canadian localities.


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