VDMA Upcoming Events at a Glance

***The Next Vernon and District Metis Association Community Potluck/Meeting***
Community/Potluck Meeting @ #005 3402 27th ave Vernon BC
The Next community Potluck/Meeting will be held February 17th 2016 at our office building in the People Place. The Potluck will start at 6pm, so bring your favorite dish and get to know those within your community. The meeting will begin right after we eat at 6:30 and we will go over past and up coming events, financials and anything that affects our community members. The February meeting will be going over the resolutions for the up coming MNGA in Richmond and the community members opinions are needed so that President Vince Van Wieringen can represent the association accordingly.

***Vernon and District Metis Association Woman’s Group***
We are proud to announce that our ladies group will be held on Monday’s from 6 pm-9 pm at our office building in the board room, #005 3402 27th ave Vernon BC. VDMA Secretary and Women’s Rep Linda Van Wieringen has many great cultural classes planned from beading, leather work and the moose hide campaign. We look forward to getting the women of the community together to build on healthy living, mental health and community togetherness. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please come down to the women’s group and find out the great things they will be doing. You may contact Linda Van Wieringen at 250-260-6614. You may also call President Vince Van Wieringen if needed at 250-808-5805.

***Annual Roots Celebration 2016*** June 10th,11th & 12th 2016
The Vernon and District Metis Association is proud to be participating in celebrating years of reconnecting aboriginal children and youth with their culture and traditions. We will be running our archery program again and look forward to another great year for all aboriginal youth and the celebration of nations.

“A CHILD’S ROOTS ARE FOREVER”

***Lumby Day’s Parade*** June 11th 2016
The VDMA will be participating for the fourth year in a row at the Lumby Day’s Parade. We have had such great responses from the community members and everyone that participates or watches the parade that the VDMA has added this to our annual things to do. It is so nice to see how many people recognize Metis culture and enjoy being part of a strong Metis Nation 🙂 We will be looking for people to fill the float, carry the flags and hand out things to the youth watching the parade. If you would like to participate please contact us via facebook, email or phone.

***National Aboriginal Day*** June 2st 2016
National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually.
21 June was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons-including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Aboriginal groups traditionally celebrate their heritage.
The VDMA will be looking into where celebrations are going to be held and how we can work with the FNFC and OKIB on creating the best cultural celebration ever.

***VDMA Annual Potluck BBQ*** August 21st 2016
One of the greatest events we here in the VDMA community get to have is our yearly Potluck BBQ August 21st from 10am-5pm. It is a time for all of us to get together, bring our favorite dish and show our Metis Pride. We have loonie auctions with amazing gifts to raise funds for the following year, Burgers and Hot dogs provided by one of our sponsors (Sysco Kelowna), Kids pool for them to stay cool (and adults lol), music, dancing and this year we have Lacrosse equipment to keep our community active. This event is held at Coldstream Park, just beside Coldstream elementary school and is fun for all ages and any peoples who wish to join. We are always looking for organizers and volunteers so if you wish to help please contact us via email or a phone call. Any ideas are welcome to make this the best day of the year 🙂

***Vernon & District Metis Association Annual General Meeting*** Oct 19th 2016
The VDMA is having our AGM Oct 19th 2016.We will go over the financials from last year and assets we have since gained. We will talk about the great involvement of the community this year and the awesome year to come. We look forward to seeing everyone there and answering any questions that the community may have.

***Halloween Potluck*** Oct 28th 2016
The VDMA would like to have another costume potluck for Halloween at our office on October 28th from 5:30 pm on. We had such a great turn outlast year that the Board members and volunteers would like to provide another reason for Metis to come together and enjoy each others company. Wear your costumes, bring a spooky dish to share and let’s have a Halloween party.

***Remembrance Day Celebration*** Nov 11th 2016
Every year The VDMA lays a wreath on behalf of the Association and on behalf of our Veterans at Kal Tire Place, and in the Lumby Celebrations Nov 11th. Thanks to Our Region 3 Veteran Eldon Clairmont for laying last years wreath on behalf of the association for our veterans, Shaughn Daveron Region 3 youth rep & Randy Spinks for laying the Associations wreath at Kal Tire Place, and a thank you to Anne and Don Mcbeth for laying a wreath on behalf of the association at the Lumby celebrations. We look forward to another wonderful remembrance day with our communities. We also need to send a thank you to MNBC for providing funding for the wreaths.

***Louis Riel Day Celebration*** Nov 13th 2016
On November 13th we are able to celebrate one of the most important people in Metis history. Louis Riel fought for his people and nation no matter what the consequence, beside some of the greatest Metis ever known. On this day we celebrate everything he did for us and we celebrate being Metis and being part of a great Metis Nation. Something Louis Riel gave his life for, and something we continue to fight for in honor of the metis people and nation. The VDMA will be putting on a slide show, having a potluck BBQ and having discussions about of culture, past and future. We hope to see everyone at the celebrations which will be held at our office building from 1pm-6pm

***VDMA Community Potluck Christmas Party*** Dec 18th 2016
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
The VDMA will be holding our Christmas party at our office building in Dec 18th 2016. Bring your favorite holiday dish to share with the community and enjoy some great entertainment, games, food and a loonie auction. There will be a surprise visit for the kids and youth of the community. Last year we had almost 130 people and this year we expect more. It is a great time to enjoy company and celebrate the holidays with a strong Metis Nation. We look forward to seeing everyone there and will be looking for volunteers to help with the planning of this wonderful day. If you would like to help out please contact us and let us know.

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