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MÉTIS VOYAGEUR

MNO HEALING AND WELLNESS | COMMUNITY RENDEZVOUS

GRAND RIVER MÉTIS COUNCIL

Celebrate Métis people & culture

By Natalie Lloyd, Lynne Picotte & Jason Jamieson Healing and Wellness Supervisors

T his year the Healing and Well- ness Branch is excited to launch collaborative Ren- dezvous at locations through- out the province. We have heard from our community members that they can’t always make it to the AGA due to distance, getting time off, or other variables, and

that some feel they miss the op- portunity to connect with fellow Métis. This year we will present one or two day events to celebrate Métis people and our culture.

At the Rendezvous you can en- joy traditional foods, demonstra- tions of cultural activities includ- ing finger weaving, tanning and canning. Special activities are planned for the children, and our hunters and gathers have a won- derful opportunity to pass on oral

traditions and teach skills in shar- ing circles.

Each location is unique de- pending upon the resource peo- ple and vendors available. If you would like to participate as a demonstrator, a vendor or a vol- unteer please contact the host site(s) that you wish to attend.

Join us in celebrating Métis people and culture, and partici- pate in the events and workshops being hosted on that day.

  • Youth participating in the Grand River Community Métis Council’s Cultural Camp with instructors Dr. Anita Tucker and Brian Tucker (front, far right).

COMMUNITY:

LOCATION:

Windsor, Welland, Toronto, Hamilton & Mississauga

Knoll Park, Port Colborne

Owen Sound, Midland & Port McNicol

Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Owen Sound

DATE:

SITE CONTACT:

July 16

Windsor: 519-974-0860 Welland: 905-735-1112 Mississauga: 905-625-3351 Toronto: 416-977-9881 Hamilton: 905-318-2336

July 23

Owen Sound: 519-370-0435 Midland & Port McNicol: 705-526-6335

Grand River Métis Council hosts Cultural Camp

Bancroft, Renfrew & Ottawa

Post Office Park, Bancroft

Timmins & North Bay

Dutrisac Cottages, Sturgeon Falls

Thunder Bay & Fort Frances

ilderness Discovery Family Resort & Conference Centre

SSM & Sudbury

Richard’s Lake, Sudbury

Kenora & Dryden

Lunam’s Pit, Ritchie Rd, Kenora

August 6

Bancroft: 613-332-2575

Renfrew: 613-432-7106

Ottawa: 613-798-1488 xt.113

Sept. 17

Timmins: 705-264-3939 North Bay: 705-474-0734

Sept. 17/18

Thunder Bay: 807-624-5022 Fort Frances: 807-274-6230

Sept. 17

SSM: 705-254-1768 Sudbury: 705-671-9855

Sept. 24

Kenora: 807-468-5835 Dryden: 807-223-4535

by Brian Tucker Manage , Way of Life Framework

T he Grand River Com- munity Métis Council (GRCMC) held a youth camping expedition at Rock- wood Conservation Area near Guelph on June 4 and 5. Approximately 20 youth and parents attended the event, where they set up their camps and participated

in a range of activities. Brian Tucker and Dr. Anita Tucker attended as guest speakers and demonstrated fish clean- ing, knife use, bushcraft skills, fire starting, trapping, plant identification and fish smoking.

The youth also went ca- noeing and hiking, learned how to use a compass, and enjoyed an evening around the campfire.

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