Salmon Arm Metis Association Youth Cultural Event

Salmon Arm Métis YOUTH

Presenting a Leadership Workshop Day With Cultural Activities

Held at the Downtown Activity Centre 451 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm

In the Gym (Come have some Fun and Learning time)

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

For more info, please phone;
250-832-7029

ACTIVITIES:
* Medicine Wheel workshop and Tepee making
* Beading workshop; For the younger set & for the older set
* Learn how to make Bannock; Served with lunch
* Elder teaching Jig Dance and Youth leading the Line dance
* Genealogy see where your Ancestors came from
* Red River Cart building; For child/youth that has not made one yet

Métis Nation British Columbia is going to the Rodeo!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Métis Nation British Columbia is going to the Rodeo!

MNBC Showcases Art and Culture at Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, May 18-20, 2013.
Abbotsford, BC [April 18, 2013] – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to invite you to attend this Metis Cultural Display and Performance.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is excited to announce they will be proudly showcasing Métis arts and culture through various performances and displays in the Aboriginal Gathering Place at the Cloverdale Rodeo May 18th through to the 20th. MNBC will showcase Métis Jiggers and Dancers with featured performances by Jigging Instructor and Métis Artisan Lisa Shepherd, President of the Golden Ears Métis Society (GEMS). British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) will be on hand to provide valuable information on Métis harvesting and registration, and Métis history will be on exhibit as well.

Daniel Pitman, Minister of Culture, Language and Heritage states, “This will be a fantastic opportunity to educate people about our unique culture and presence. “Since the recent court decisions, more people are interested in learning about whom the Métis are and what makes us a distinct culture.”

Michelle Lavergne, Lower Mainland Regional Director, stated, “This will be a great occasion to teach people about Métis culture and share some insight into our traditions. It will be a great opportunity to show our youth, and others,why we are so proud to be Métis”.

The Métis exhibit will take place in the Shannon Hall on the Country Fairgrounds. Métis Nation British Columbia will
have scheduled performances Saturday through Monday (May 18th-20th) and exhibit tables on display throughout the entire Fair (May 17th-20th).There will be many Aboriginal performances and displays in Shannon Hall. The event will be a great opportunity to learn about the distinct and diverse Aboriginal cultures and traditions in BC. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair will be celebrating its 67th year of world-class rodeo action and 125th year of family fun entertainment. It is a well-known favorite and a fun-filled way to spend the May long weekend.

Click here to learn more http://www.cloverdalerodeo.com/

[Kelowna Metis Association] Tanshi Metis women and friends,

Tanshi Metis women and friends,

Our Metis Women’s Circle met on Tues, Apr. 2 and, we were 9 women around the table and we feel enthusiastic. We, the Metis Women’s Circle, are going forward with a Metis Market Fri. April 19 ( 4:30-8.30pm) and Sat. April 20th , (8.30am-3.00pm).
The Metis Market will be held at Metis Community Services 2949 Pandosy St Kelowna. We are accepting donations of baking, household, gardening, sports items, books, and miscellaneous.

This is our first fundraiser and money raised will be used to organize a evening music fundraiser in May, including Celtic harp, Canadian and Celtic music…Do you have any musician friends you could contact?

In Metis friendship,
Maria LaBoucan
Metis Community Services Society

Metis Community Services Society of BC April Calendar of Events

Métis Community Services Society of BC
#201-2949 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
Ph: 250-868-0351, Fx: 250-868-0359, Toll Free: 1-877-965-6237
Website: http://www.mcsbc.org, Email: admin@mcsbc.org

1 Easter MondayApril Fool’s Day

2 Tuesday Métis Womens’ Circle 2:00-3:30pm and Kelowna Métis Assoc. Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

6 Saturday ROOTS Fundraiser GARAGE SALE 8:00-2:00pm 655 Rutland Road S.
Info: Sheila 250-300-1180 Carolynne 250-808-5424

9 Tuesday Kelowna Métis Assoc. Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

16 Tuesday Kelowna Métis Assoc.Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

19 Friday MÉTIS MARKET Fundraiser 4:30-7:30pm MCSBC Offices ‘This&That’ Sale Baking
Silent Auction Crafters

20 Saturday MÉTIS MARKET Fundraiser 8:30-3:00pm MCSBC Offices ‘This&That’ Sale Baking
Silent Auction Crafters

23 Tuesday Kelowna Métis Assoc.Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

30 Kelowna Métis Assoc. Open 9:30am – 4:00pm and Adult Drum Circle 5:00-6:30pm

April 2013 Call for Donations!
MCSBC a non-profit society that is recognized and empowered by the citizens of Kelowna & the Okanagan area to provide holistic services that ensure the health and well-being of children and fami-lies in our community. We have never fully recovered from the fire damage to our offices last year and have come upon financial distress. We are presently seeking donations to help MCSBC remain opera-tional. We hope you can help. We gratefully accept donations (cash, cheque) of any value. We are also fundraising by silent auction and accepting items to auction.  Thank you/Marsee!
Registered Charity #86773 0202 RR0001. Official receipts for income tax purposes will be issued upon request.

Region 3 Womens Representative Report

Woman’s Regional Representative Thompson Okanagan Update:

February 9th and 10th the Regional Women’s Representatives and Provincial Chair for the Metis Women of British Columbia met in Richmond for our very first face-to-face with one another. It was a very focused session and it was a privilege to meet the dynamic Metis women who have stepped forward to volunteer their time in an effort to contribute to the cause of the Metis people of BC. We got to know one another as women as well as ask the questions of how we should go about attending to the work before us. As a Regional Representative my role is to support the community women’s reps as they are the ones in contact with their communities.
We discussed everything from the election to available funding to potential grant opportunities to roles and responsibilities to policies and procedures to brainstorming for ideas around future events. We talked about who we all thought ‘women’ traditionally were in our culture; the caregiver and the nurturer, the core of our families….interested and concerned for health and healing, family, children, the elderly. The question was posed: What else? Are there other things that today’s woman is concerned about? There was much lively discussion and very good conversation. Through all of it one main focus seemed to surface (at least for me); Communication: the need for it and the importance of it.
Who are the Metis Women of BC? On a grassroots level, what are the areas of concern and interest of our women? How do we (as your Women’s Representatives and Community Presidents) communicate with you? Email? Telephone? Events? Mail-out questionnaire?
I would LOVE to hear from you!! Tell me how I can contact you and I will call you today 
On March 15th through 17th I attended the AGM for the Women of the Metis Nation in Ottawa. In attendance were 10 representatives of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The sessions were led by Michelle LeClair and Kathy Hodgson-Smith. We heard from distinguished guests such as Clement Chartier (President of the MNC), Melanie Omeniho (President of Women of the Metis Nation). We also entered into a full day ‘Strategic Planning & Priorities’ for the Women of the Metis Nation. We focused on four main areas of growth and change for 2013/2014:
• The Voice of Women: Culture, Communication and Traditional Knowledge
• Governance, Capacity Building, and Organizational Development
• Health, Education, and Economic Development
• Social Justice
In each of these areas we worked through priorities and associated activities, identifying how objectives could be initiated, established and eventually measured, offering feedback and input to work-plans in progress. It was a very full two days and a lot of ground was covered.
I personally would love to hear from each of you; your ideas, thoughts, concerns, and questions. Please feel free to contact me anytime. Write in! I would love to hear from you!
Debra Tamagi
dtamagi@gmail.com