To commemorate National Aboriginal Day 2016, the Powell River Friends of Louis Riel will be holding a night of Justice and Reconciliation on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm at the Cranberry Community Hall.
After 150 years, perhaps Louis Riel’s time for justice has come? “Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial, 150th birthday, provides an opportunity to rectify the historical wrongs done to Louis Riel and his Metis nation, says David Doyle, Secretary of Powell River Friends of Louis Riel. “Especially in light of Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the historic 94 recommendations of the Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).”
“We are calling on the Canadian government to introduce and pass a Parliamentary Bill revoking Louis Riel’s conviction for high treason and exonerating Louis Riel,” David said. “We have a long term goal of reconciliation and the exoneration of Louis Riel.”
The Friends of Louis Riel is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, society organized to engage Canadians and International friends in creative conversations and actions relating to the recognition of Louis Riel as Canada’s Metis Father of Confederation.
The Powell River Friends of Louis Riel Board of Directors from left: David Doyle; Dr. John (Ian) MacKenzie; Dr. Paula Sampson; Russell Brewer.