Metis and Provincial government representatives gathered in front of the BC Legislature Thursday to mark Louis Riel Day.
The celebration marks the contribution of Metis people to BC.
Louis Riel was leader for Métis people and is recognized as a pioneer in the campaign for Métis rights in Canada.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Carole James was joined president of Metis Nation BC Clara Morin Dal Col and many others to witness the flag raising.
“I am proud of my Métis heritage and I was moved to watch the flag rise in front of the people’s house,” James said. “The flag-raising is a symbol of the importance of the Métis people and culture and our commitment to work together to make life better for Métis people across British Columbia.”
The Province and MNBC are working together through the Métis Nation Relationship Accord to strengthen relationships between the provincial government and Métis people.
The Accord sets out objectives on health, housing, education, economic opportunities, children and families, information sharing, justice, wildlife stewardship, Métis identification and data collection.