Louis Riel Day

Celebrate Métis identity and history

Louis Riel courageously defended the cultural and linguistic rights of the Métis people in Manitoba. On Louis Riel Day, join us for a full day of family-friendly activities celebrating Métis identity and history!


Traditional Beading and Poetry

See traditional Métis beading up close with award-winning poet Marilyn Dumont and listen to her express her perspective on identity through poetry.

Marilyn Dumont is an award-winning Canadian poet of Cree/Métis descent.  Born in northeastern Alberta, she is a descendant of Gabriel Dumont. An educator and writer, Dumont holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Her work is widely anthologized. She currently works at the university of Alberta and teaches creative writing.


Traditional Métis Fiddling

Embrace “la joie de vivre” with live fiddle music by Spence Tradition and The Gaudry Boys!

Ryan (age 13) and his grandfather Ivan Spence love to share their Métis culture. They come from a long line of fiddlers, which is why they are called “Spence Tradition.”

The Gaudry Boys, from St. Laurent, Manitoba, enjoy sharing their love of the traditional Métis fiddling music and the sounds of country music.


Festival du Voyageur at the Museum

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., take a selfie with Léo and the Festival du Voyageur family. Upload it with the hashtag #AtCMHR to see how others are celebrating!


Explore Métis Stories in the Galleries

Don’t miss the stories of Métis history, culture and human rights, which you can discover throughout our galleries!

Join Program Interpreter Brigitte Savard for a talk that explores the stories of the Métis people found in the 1867: Rebellion & Confederation temporary exhibition and in the Canadian Journeys gallery. Discover some visiting artifacts, including a Métis saddle from 1846, and immerse yourself in the history of a people that continues to fight for the recognition of its rights and identity.

The talk in English will begin at 2 p.m. in the 1867: Rebellion & Confederation exhibition on Level 1.

The talk in French will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2.


Admission and Special Offers

Louis Riel Day programming is free with admission and free for members.

10-day Festival du Voyageur pass holders get 10% off admission at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Get 10% off on Festival du Voyageur 10-day passes at the Festival office with your Museum membership.


Date, Time and Location

Monday, February 20, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way