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Jim Brady Local #19 Works to Enhance Métis Culture

By Valerie G. Barnes-Connell

Jul 7, 2020

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Jim Brady Local #19 Corporation began investigating opportunities to enhance Métis cultural awareness and highlight Métis identity. Beginning on February 5, 2020 with an evening of conversation with members about the interests they have, there were a variety of classes started before the COVID-19 pandemic emergency started.

 

People gathered to learn finger weaving, beading, and moccasin making. An Old Time Dance, scheduled for Saturday March 21, was postponed due to the pandemic.

 

Initial plans included knitting, crocheting, learning the Michif language, and tentatively organizing a trip to Batoche in the summer. Other ideas include learning about Métis culture, art, and history.

 

Options suggested also included music, dance, land-based learning, loom work, traditional cooking, woodwork, hunting and fishing. A summer camp men’s programming were also ideas presented at a gathering.

 

Funding for the programming came through the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP). All events take place at the Kikinahk Friendship Centre and all people are welcome.

 

 

This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 edition of Community Connections, a publication of the Kikinahk Friendship Centre, La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

 

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