(Vancouver, 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 two 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 campaign in May and this past weekend brought together four (4) more Métis cultural events. Partnerships with the North Saanich Michif Society, Vancouver Métis Citizens Society, Nova Métis Heritage Association, Michif Historic and Cultural Preservation Society, and several First Nations created a weekend of successful events in Gibsons, Sidney, Vancouver, and Surrey. An estimated combined 1000 people attended the various Métis cultural events 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. This weekend brought together so many partners as we all celebrated our proud Métis culture as part of National Aboriginal Day.”
BC Metis Federation Vice President Mr. Daryl Piper stated, “The Métis participation in Sidney with First Nations was a special day expressing the coming together of two cultures, First Nations and Metis. The Métis Silvertip Swingers put on a great show and they ensured that Metis culture continues.” BC Metis Federation Secretary Mr. Joe Desjarlais added, “My participation in Sidney was a celebration of Aboriginal culture and history. For all in attendance, the event demonstrated that Métis people and communities are proud contributors to Canadian society, and music, dance and art leads the way.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “Thank you to all of the partners such as Ken Fisher and their board from Nova Métis Heritage Association. Thank you to the North Saanich Michif Society and the host First Nations for inclusion of the Métis at the Sharing our Spirit celebration in Sidney. Thank you to the Michif Historical and Cultural Preservation Society and their Director Derrick Whiteskycloud for the beautiful Métis cultural display that is now open all summer at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park. Thank you to Métis historians and authors George and Terry Goulet as well as Ron Paradis, President from the Vancouver Métis Citizens Society, for the combined work with the School District and their Aboriginal Support worker Brenda Menard to celebrate in Gibsons. Finally thank you to the Métis Silvertip Swingers for their relentless efforts to provide Métis cultural performances wherever possible. We know that 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 has created a video capturing imagines from the past weekend events. For more information about the BC Métis Federation please go to www.bcmetis.com.
BC Métis Federation
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
You can now follow BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry on twitter @keithhenryMetis
[ilink url=”http://bcmetis.com/wp-content/uploads/BCMF-Press-Release-June-23rd-2013-National-Aboriginal-Day-Metis-Cultural-Showcase.pdf” style=”download”]BCMF Press Release June 23rd, 2013 National Aboriginal Day Metis Cultural Showcase[/ilink]