(Dawson Creek, BC) The BC Métis Federation sponsored yet another Christmas Party in Dawson Creek at the Nawican Friendship Center. The Christmas Party was held Sunday December 18th from 1-5 PM with over 100 Métis families and friends who attended. Support for this event was provided by Arlene Laboucan (Board Member) and Arlene Lylyk (President) from Fort St. John Métis Society, Fort St. John Friendship Center, Pat Jansen Aboriginal District Principal, NENAN, NENAS, and Janet and the board of the Nawican Friendship Center.
The BC Métis Federation Christmas Party featured Chetwynd elders and volunteers who were jamming with the band and Annette Carter & Don Harris (LET-TER-RIP-COUNTRY) from Chetwynd. BC Métis Federation also wants to acknowledge the Tansi Friendship Center, the Northern Light Drummers, Pastor – Kory Lizotte, Salvation Army Carolers, Meesha Beaulieu, Verna Cardinal, Brenda L’hirondelle, Morley Redwood, Annette Fellers, Debra Ironbow, and Chantel Web.
BC Métis Federation President Henry stated; “BC Métis Federation wanted to support other Christmas events to show the grass roots in British Columbia that we care. There is no question this Christmas Party was a great success. Consider the number of people that attended, the long list of volunteers and partners, and the authentic care for our Métis elders once again showcased.”
BC Métis Federation Cultural Ambassador Beverly Lambert stated; “Best darn party in the North for Métis this year! What a blast and these elders sure know how to have good time! When you feel lonely at Christmas time just reach out and give the elders a gift, it will heal your soul. Giving a hug to someone else is the most powerful reward. We need show more respect to our parents and elders while they are still with us, they need us in our Nation to be strong and support them more than ever in this changing world.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “What a great way to finish 2011. Thank you so much Beverly and others who dedicated volunteer time and energy for this Christmas Party to keep the Métis holiday season spirit alive in Dawson Creek. I am very pleased that other Métis communities in Northeast BC attended. The BC Métis Federation ends the year on such a powerful note symbolic of our commitment to Métis people in BC demonstrated throughout 2011. We have done, and will continue to do more for Métis people through these important community gatherings and cultural events. Being Métis is about our communities and families and helping understand how our culture and history remains alive today. BC Métis Federation will continue to work towards these objectives.”
President, BC Métis Federation
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