Louis Riel Day is an general holiday in the Canadian province of Manitoba on the third Monday of February.
Manitoba's government introduced a holiday in February in 2007. A competition was held among school children to name the day. The winning name was 'Louis Riel Day' to commemorate this politician.
In 1885, during his trial in Regina, Louis Riel stated: “I know that through the grace of God I am the founder of Manitoba.”
As the Métis leader of the Red River Resistance of 1869-70, he was instrumental in drafting the List of Rights that formed the basis of the Manitoba Act, passed by the Parliament of Canada in the spring of 1870, which brought the new province of Manitoba into Confederation.Louis Riel was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth province. His dream of a province that embraces all cultures is still shared by Manitobans today.