“This week, we recognize the vibrant spirit, culture and contributions of the Métis in Alberta.

“More than 114,000 Métis people call Alberta home - the largest population in Western Canada and the second largest in the country. They have contributed greatly to Alberta’s businesses, economy and society.

“They also add richness to Alberta’s culture and share it through tourism and education destinations that are exciting to explore. Learn more online through the Métis Nation of Alberta and Indigenous Tourism Alberta websites.

“During Métis Week, people in Alberta and across Canada also pay tribute and remember the great Métis leader and speaker of truths, Louis Riel, on the anniversary of his execution, Nov. 16, 1885.

“I encourage all Albertans to take the time to learn more about and celebrate the valuable culture and contributions of the Métis people. They are an essential part of Alberta’s past, present and future.”