Louis Riel Day in Manitoba in 2020

Louis Riel Day in Manitoba in 2020
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  Dates of Louis Riel Day in Manitoba
2022 Mon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Feb 19Regional Holiday
Louis Riel, the Métis leader is regarded as the Father of Manitoba
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When is Louis Riel Day?

Louis Riel Day is a provincial statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February in Manitoba.

History of Louis Riel Day

Legislation proclaiming the third Monday in February as Louis Riel Day was passed by Manitoba's Legislative Assembly in 2007, and first celebrated on February 18th 2008.

Louis Riel Day is a name that was suggested by Manitoba school students, in honour of Louis Riel, the political leader of the Métis people of the Canadian Prairies and regarded as the Father of Manitoba.

He led two rebellions against the government of Canada and was executed after being convicted for high treason in November 1855.

As the holiday is a provincial holiday, federal employees may not have the day off. The post will be operating and banks and restaurants are allowed to open. Some businesses may stay closed as opening on a holiday means they have to pay employees extra to work on a holiday.

Family Day in Canada

Manitoba isn't the only province to observe a regional public holiday in Canada. Family Day is a modern holiday that is growing in popularity across Canada. Its timing is said to have been selected to coincide with the American holiday of Presidents Day.

The day may have different names in the Provinces in which it is observed:

Province Name 2016 date
Alberta Family Day 15 February
British Columbia Family Day 8 February
Manitoba Louis Riel Day 15 February
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Heritage Day 15 February
Ontario Family Day 15 February
Prince Edward Island Islander Day 15 February
Saskatchewan Family Day 15 February

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