Russell Brewer, President of Friends of Louis Riel Awarded le Cornouiller D’or
During Francophone Day celebrations in Vancouver at the end of March 2016.the president of Friends of Louis Riel, Russell Brewer, in his role as a City of Powell River councillor, has been awarded le Cornouiller D’or, or golden dogwood, President Brewer was recognized for his commitment to Francophone affairs. The award by BC Francophone Federation is given to a federal, provincial or municipal public servant in recognition of distinguished service in the support of Francophone affairs in the region. President Brewer, who is also president of the Powell River Metis Association, was recognized for his past role as the president and treasurer of Club Bon Accueil. For many years he also sat on the parent advisory committee for the École Côte-du-Soleil.
Born and educated in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Russell Brewer has a deep passion to see Louis Riel exonerated. Russell has dedicated his life to his Francophone community, the Metis community and the people of the Sunshine Coast. As a Red River Metis Russell is extremely proud of the role of his ancestors in the struggle for an inclusive Canada and particularly the role Louis Riel played in the confederation of Canada and his brave defence of Metis lands, rights and customs on the Saskatchewan.Russell has taken up the struggle to see Louis Riel recognized as Canada’s Indigenous Father of Confederation for Canada’s Sesquicentennial – July 1, 2016