(Victoria, BC) – The BC Métis Federation has stated that one of the organizations main priorities was to support Métis culture and to increase pride for Métis people in British Columbia and across Canada. For the past three years BC Métis Federation has kept this value and achieved success by partnering with communities, First Nations, and other stakeholders to provide greater public awareness about the Métis people and our culture across the province.
The BC Métis Federation announced the Summer of Culture 2014 campaign in May and this past weekend was part of a major Métis cultural showcase at the Aboriginal Cultural Festival held in Victoria, The Aboriginal Cultural Festival was held at the Royal BC Museum and was hosted by a number of partners including the host First Nations Songhees and Esquilmalt. An estimated combined 15,000 people attended this major Aboriginal cultural event and the results were excellent.
BC Metis Federation President Keith Henry stated, “Our leadership team and volunteers continue to lead by example providing real Métis cultural pride for the first time tight in Victoria for the BC Métis Federation. This weekend brought together many partners as we all celebrated our proud Métis culture as part of National Aboriginal Day events.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “Thank you to all of the partners such as historians and authors George and Terry Goulet as well as the Louis Riel Métis Dancers and Valerie Beauchamp from Nanaimo for her cultural displays. We know through these events and efforts our Métis people feel proud to be Métis and the non Métis people learn more about who we are each time. Great work one and all.”
BC Métis Federation also launched a new Métis exhibit at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park this past weekend with new support from the Michif Historical and Cultural Preservation Society. The exhibit will be open from June 21st – September 1st, 2014. BC Métis Federation is now getting ready for Mètis Days July 1st – 3rd in Stanley Park. All Métis people are welcome to attend and share their cultural pride.
For more information about the BC Métis Federation please go to www.bcmetis.com.
BC Métis Federation
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
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