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| March 11, 2015

The Bell of Batoche is repatriated to the Métis people of western Canada

"When I came into the North West in July, the first of July 1884, I found the Indians suffering. I found the half-breeds [Métis] eating the rotten pork of the Hudson Bay Company and getting sick and weak every day. Although a half breed, and having no pretension to help the whites, I also paid attention to them. I saw they were deprived of responsible government, I saw that they were deprived of their public liberties..." - From Louis Riel's final statement to his staged trial in Regina, July 31, 1885.

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Civil disobedience and the truth about Canadian history: Reflections on National Aboriginal Day

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Between June 21 and July 1 -- National Aboriginal Day to Canada Day -- we'll be featuring a series of articles examining and critiquing the uses of Canadian identity, the resurgence of Indigenous movements for justice, and the ways in which activists and thinkers across these lands are addressing these fundamental questions. 

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| March 20, 2013

Happy Louis Riel Day! It's time to make it a national holiday

Louis Riel is honoured today in Manitoba, but we think it's time to make it a national holiday.

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Make Louis Riel Day a national holiday?

In a move clearly designed to appeal to “family” voters by B.C.’s Liberal government, B.C. celebrated its first Family Day on February 11.

While people optimistically frame the day as one of celebrating created or non-biological families, the fact that Family Day is modelled after a similar day in Alberta shows its conservative roots. Just look at B.C.'s innocuous campaign with its adult cartoon bear with two cubs as an illustration of the holiday’s ideological premise.

So how can we recalibrate the holiday? rabble.ca has suggested that February 18 be designated Louis Riel Day, a national holiday.

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| January 18, 2013
| January 10, 2013

A big Court decision for Metis and non-status Indians in Canada

Yes, a Federal Court announced a ruling with major implications for Metis people
Yesterday, a Federal Court announced a ruling with major implications for Metis people in Canada. (Photo: Stak & Co / flickr)

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| January 3, 2013
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