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Celebrate Métis heritage, learn about rights on Louis Riel Day

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Music legend Ray St. Germain to headline performances at CMHR 

A lively day of music, dancing, crafts and discussion is in store for visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Louis Riel Day (February 15).

The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with a welcome from the Museum and the official family of the Festival du Voyageur, who will be available for photos with visitors, along with Léo La Tuque, the Festival's mascot. A theatrical performance for families will then be performed by Museum staff.

Musical performances begin at 1 p.m., headlined by the legendary Ray St. Germain, who takes the stage at 2 p.m. Other performers include Red Moon Road, Patti Kusturok and Sagkeeng's Finest. In the galleries, there will be beading and clay art workshops, while a discussion about Métis rights takes place in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation at 12 p.m., led by former St. Boniface Museum director Philippe Mailhot. A schedule of events can be found below.

In the Canadian Journeys gallery, visitors will find stories and exhibits about the Métis resistance, Indigenous land rights and the struggle for language rights by Franco-Manitobans. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to answer questions and provoke discussion.

What: Louis Riel Day at the CMHR
When: Monday, February 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way

Schedule of events at CMHR:

Bonnie & John Buhler Hall

  • 11 a.m. – Welcome by Museum, official family of Festival du Voyageur* and mascot Léo
  • 11:30 a.m. – Theatrical performance for children
  • 1 p.m. – Musical program opens
  • 1:25 p.m. – Red Moon Road
  • 2 p.m. – Ray St. Germain
  • 2:35 p.m. – Patti Kusturok
  • 3:10 p.m. – Sagkeeng's Finest

In galleries

  • 10:30 to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Beading workshop
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Photos with Festival du Voyageur official family and mascot
  • 12 p.m. – Discussion of Métis rights in Canada led by Philippe Mailhot
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Make your own clay beads

*Please note that the Museum's first outdoor exhibition is now open at Festival du Voyageur Park. Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women's Rights Struggle features portraits of Canadian women who have challenged gender barriers, marking the 100th anniversary of women first winning the right to vote.

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