Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Day, Louis Riel Day, Islander Day celebrated in February

Our friends north of the 49th Parallel aren't celebrating Presidents Day today. But the third Monday in February is a holiday for many Canadians.

Family Day is celebrated in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. According to Wikipedia, it was first celebrated in Alberta in 1990, and the two other provinces followed in Alberta's footsteps. But since it's not a federal holiday, government workers in all provinces still have to show up.

Elsewhere in Canada, Louis Riel Day went into effect in 2008 in Manitoba. It honors Louis Riel, the Metis leader who is considered to be the Father of Manitoba.

And not wanting to be left out, the province of Prince Edward Island has been celebrating Islander Day since 2009.

Louis Riel tombstone in Winnipeg's St. Boniface Cemetery, Manitoba
Photo by Sue Frause