City to fly Métis flag at City Hall

The Métis flag will be flying proudly from Campbell River’s city hall later this month

The Métis flag will be flying proudly from Campbell River’s city hall later this month.

Council agreed to fly the Métis Nation’s flag following a request from the Nation’s North Island community.

Michael Dumont, president of the North Island Métis Nation, told city council at its Tuesday night meeting that several other municipalities will be flying the flag in honour of the Métis.

“Across Canada, in November, Métis people celebrate and honour Louis Riel Day,” Dumont said. “Our request is to seek permission to fly our Métis flag in front of city hall for Métis week, November 16-22.”

Dumont also invited the mayor and city councillors to attend a celebration to mark Louis Riel Day on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Robron Centre from 1-5 p.m., with a potluck supper at 4 p.m. There will also be Métis bead making, a drum workshop, and fiddle music.

Dumont said that it’s a special day for the Métis Nation.

“Every year Louis Riel Day is celebrated across Canada with events for everyone to attend and learn about Métis culture through the different festivities, music, dance, arts and crafts, and storytelling,” Dumont said.