November 8, 2021 – Louis Riel may be best known for his political leadership and fight for Métis rights, but did you know he was a poet?
You also might not know Louis Riel’s father was born in Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan. Louis David Riel was the oldest of 11 children, he married Marguerite (Monet) Monet dite Belhumeur in 1881, and they had three children. He was a great leader and the Canadian Government sentenced him to death for defending Métis Rights.
November 16 is Louis Riel Day in Saskatchewan. This year, Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) is celebrating with a creative contest. Learn about our Métis Nation hero and share your knowledge by submitting an original poem. You could win a Riel prize package!
The MN–S Louis Riel Day poetry contest is open to everyone 6 years old and up:
- 6 years to 8 years/Grades 1 – 3
- 9 years to 12 years/Grades 4 – 6
- 13 years to 14 years/Grades 7 – 8
- 14 years to 18 years/Grades 9 – 12
There are three categories: contemporary, Michif, and other. Entries can be submitted in written or video format.
Both individuals and school classrooms are encouraged to participate. Submit your individual original work to [email protected], with the appropriate contact information, before 11:59 pm on December 10, 2021.
Submission requirements include:
- Your name (individual, classroom, grade/school), age or category.
- Email address or phone number.
- Original poetry focused on Louis Riel.
An independent panel of judges will determine the top three selections in each category.
Winners will be announced in January, 2022.
The chosen submissions will also be featured on the Métis Gathering website https://metisgathering.ca/ and at Back to Batoche 2022.
Tell your friends with #WriteForRiel!
A huge Maarsii/Thank you to the National Batoche Historic Site/Parks Canada for their ongoing partnership with MN–S.