Celebration of Métis culture in Edmonton
November 12, 2019
Today was proclaimed Métis Recognition Day in Edmonton during an event at City Hall that featured a celebration of Métis music and dance.
“Our gathering today demonstrated the ongoing collaboration between the City of Edmonton and the Métis Nation of Alberta,” said Councillor Scott McKeen. “We recognize the contributions of the Métis to the establishment of the city, as well as our shared vision of prosperity for all.”
Métis Week is held annually in Alberta in connection with Louis Riel Day (November 16). The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) organizes a full week of events to celebrate the rich culture, history and contributions of Métis people in the province.
“We are proud to partner with the City of Edmonton for this year’s Métis Week proclamation,” said Tracy L. Friedel, President of MNA Region 4. “Having the Métis flag flown permanently at City Hall is a visible reminder to all Albertans of Edmonton’s early history as a Métis place. The annual proclamation of Métis Week honours the continued shared journey of reconciliation between the City and its Métis residents.”
Highlights at the event included the singing of the Métis Nation Anthem by Cyril Bernard and jigging performances by the Métis Child & Family Services Society, accompanied by Brianna Lizotte on fiddle and Colten Bear on guitar. Traditional artwork by MJ Belcourt, the City’s Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, who is of Métis descent, was also on display.
The proclamation is a continued commitment to the Memorandum of Shared Recognition and Cooperation between the City of Edmonton and the Métis Nation of Alberta. In 2013, both pledged to work together to increase positive social and economic opportunities for Indigenous and Métis people in Edmonton.
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