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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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Should Louis Riel Day be a national holiday in Canada?

Monday, February 18 is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Today, rabble.ca published an editorial making the case for a national holiday in honour of Louis Riel. June Scudeler argues that an Indigenous Unity Day is more suitable. What do you think? 

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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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