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Hello! Tawnshi! (Michif)

On Saturday November 17th, Ojibiikaan joined the Toronto and York Region Métis Council to celebrate Louis Reil Day! We celebrate Louis Reil and his brave spirit that fought to protect and advocate for the right of Métis people to live their way of life. Reil lead the Métis people in the Northwest Resistance, a stand against the Government of Canada that wanted to silence the way of life of the Métis people. Reil was caught by the Government of Canada during the Resistance and was put on trial for treason. He was found guilty and executed. However, his acts of bravery and leadership have built a foundation of resilience in Métis people today and for the future generations.

At Ojibiikaan we were happy to participate in this celebration.  The day was filled with sharing stories, food, arts and crafts, and dancing. We jigged danced to fiddle tunes, made medicine pouches and t-shirts that said “proud Métis kid.” It was a great day of celebration and remembering.

“We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on.” -Louis Reil

See you soon! Meena kawapimitin (Michif)