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Louis Riel Day
Louis Riel Day is held on November 16 across the Métis homelands, marking the anniversary of Riel's execution in 1885. Riel, who led the Métis through the Northwest Resistance, was captured following the siege of Batoche and put on trial for treason against Canada. Riel's legacy established political gains for the province of Manitoba as it entered Canadian Confederation, as well as protection for minority language rights.
The day serves as a reminder of Riel's legacy, while also celebrating Métis culture and traditions.