North Saanich Michif Society (NSMS) Celebrates Success at Luxton Fall Fair

The event has come and gone, it was very successful in promoting the knowledge of the Métis culture and meeting many Métis who live in the Greater Victoria area.

NSMS started at 7. a.m. Saturday, September 17th morning with NSMS representatives setting up three tables with bead-worked moccasins, vests, capotes , photos , displays, finger weaving loom, flags, scrapbooks buffalo Robe, furs and many other artifacts relating to Métis history.

On Saturday NSMS talked to over 100 people who stopped, asked questions and read the NSMS material. Sunday morning was a repeat of Saturdays event with approximately 200 people stopping by with inquiries and comments and many intelligent questions, which confirmed that many Canadians are still not aware of who the Métis are and their place in history.

After reading the recent BCMF newsletter and an example BCMF card, Métis people in attendance indicated they were disappointed in developments regarding the MNBC. People indicated they would involve themselves in Métis events once this matter was resolved.

Some attendees recognized NSMS representatives from past involvement with the Red River West Métis Rendezvous and asked if that was going to be revived. Some Métis people also asked about the affairs of the Métis Nation but said they were just curious bystanders, these people usually wore an Infinity Flag pin the same as mine. NSMS answered their question truthfully and the odd one said they were very happy someone was promoting the Métis culture at the grassroots level for a change.

NSMS representatives felt the Luxton Fall Fair was a success, the food and weather was good, the fair had many good displays. The operating of antique machinery was very well carried out.

NSMS recognizes their member Jeanette who was with NSMS throughout the event. NSMS was supported on Sunday with assistance from NSMS members Susan, her daughter Elizabeth, Husband Scot, a non- Métis friend Albert, the black powder Group “Malahat Marauders” and especially Parry Chow who asked us to participate and offered support throughout.

Finally NSMS want so especially recognize “Bonnie”, the Luxton Fall Fair Event Coordinator who treated NSMS representatives so well.

Richard Lucier-larson

Vice President

North Saanich Michif Society

5 Responses to North Saanich Michif Society (NSMS) Celebrates Success at Luxton Fall Fair

  1. Dale Haggerty September 21, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Well Done North Saanich Michif Society
    Metis culture needs to be shared with all cultures – welcome back Richard

    Dale & :Dale

  2. Richard Lucier-larson September 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I want to thank all for the e-mails and phone calls resulting from this small event.
    We have had a lot of interested Metis on Vancouver Island that would like to have a restart of the same type of event as “Red River West Metis Rendezvous”.
    Those who interested in doing so please contact me, I will try to arrange a meeting to look at doing this.
    We can discuss any details at any time in a place on Vancouver Island, so far, most people in contact are from the greater Victoria area and a couple from Cowichan area.
    As the present political turmoil exists, I have been asked to keep names private and I will respect all who are interested.
    Please do a little research ahead as to size of event, location, tents, tipis, and equipment available.
    A list of musicians, dancers, and /or performers.
    It appears there is a lot of interest from those who have worked together in Red River West or other events.
    Most had a definite opinion that they were not interested in being involved with those who sought political or monetary gain ,

    Richard Lucier-larson

    abmichif@gmail.com
    Ph 778-426-4117

    • Richard Lucier-larson October 2, 2011 at 12:12 am #

      May I remind those interested in Métis Cultural events that we are having this meeting about the last week of October, there is enough interested in going ahead , so date and place will be given out by phone to those interested,
      There will not be an open public notice of this formative meeting as many who communicated they do not want their Names known for obvious reasons .
      My preference is to be open with this event but I have been assured by many they will not attend if it is public in any way.
      A place has been arranged in the Saanich Peninsula as most of the attendees will be from the lower Van isle , Just bring yourselves , your ideas ,
      Bannock and tea will be served.
      Richard Lucier-larson

      abmichif@gmail.com
      Ph 778-426-4117

  3. Char October 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Which came first, the problem or the solution? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

  4. Richard Lucier-larson October 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Char:
    I am sorry I do not understand your comment ?
    As I do not see problems but only opportunity’s, this looks to be a good time to rebuild the Métis Cultural events that we had , but this time a lot more wiser and with those who are in it for the Métis Cultural, not the Money.

    Richard Lucier-larson

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