APTN National News
This year has been designated the year of the Metis.
It also marks that 125th anniversary of the death of Louis Riel.
In Winnipeg, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan was on hand to unveil a special medallion for the celebration.
It commemorates the contributions Metis people have made to the creation of Manitoba and the development of Western Canada.
The first to receive the medallion were Metis dignitaries and veterans.