Métis Culture Featured Once Again at Eurofest

(Burnaby, BC) – The BC Métis Federation continued their commitment to supporting Métis cultural revitalization and education in our fourth year and summer cultural event this weekend at the 18th annual European Festival held at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby , BC.

The European Festival brings together several representatives showcasing European culture through their regalia, songs, dance, and cuisine. Many of the Métis people have strong connections to their European families as well and over the years efforts have been made to ensure Métis people participate and showcase our collective cultural practices and distinct identity as Métis were truly the first true Canadians through the intermarriages with Aboriginal people across the country.

BC Métis Federation worked with the Michif Historical and Cultural Preservation Society to put together an authentic Métis display for visitors to learn about the Métis people and our culture. BC Métis Federation leader and performer JJ Lavallee provided a main stage music and dance performance with jigger Rowan and Quinn Pickering and this was another hit during the event.

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated;”This weekend we saw thousands of people visit the cultural display and our supporters were so proud to be Métis. BC Métis Federation and our partners continue to lead by example and provide much need Métis education and cultural awareness.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry added; “On behalf of our BC Métis Federation board and leadership thank you to all of our volunteers including the Michif Historical Society representative Derrick Whiteskycloud, JJ Lavallee and our young dancers for their continued work to share Métis culture.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “The BC Métis Federation was a proud partner and the European Festival was an incredible opportunity. This is now our fourth year as the BC Métis Federation where we provided sponsorship support to ensure there was Métis culture represented. Our team is now focusing on an event June 21st where Métis culture will be featured as part of the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, BC. Our actions continue to speak louder than words and we build stronger each and every week.”

For more information about the BC Métis Federation also be sure to view our website at www.bcmetis.com.

Media Inquiries: 

Keith Henry, President 
BC Métis Federation 
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