The South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association would like to offer a cultural experience open to anyone, young or old, who is interested in exploring their heritage.
Community Foundation of South Okanagan awarded a Neighbourhood Grant to Greta Henning and Jodie Rae to sponsor this event.
A “Midnight Paddle” held at Skaha Lake on Wednesday July 17 at 8:30 pm is a collaboration between the South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association, Penticton Dragon Boat, Penticton Indian Band (Friendship and En’owkin Centers) and the surrounding communities. We will gather at the Skaha Lake Marina Boathouse located on the Marina end of the Park near the Child’s Water Park
The intention of this invitation is to bring together like-minded people who have an interest in their personal history and culture as it relates to our journey through this world. We hope to inspire participants to use this event as a means to connect with, and honor the water and the abundance we live alongside in this area and on this planet. Wednesday, July 17 is a full moon with the sun setting at 9:15 pm.
Participants will be asked to register for the event before July 15 by calling Jodie at 250-469-4936. Space is limited so do not delay!
Promptly at 8:30 p.m. all participants will receive Water Safety Instruction, Life Jackets, and turn in signed waivers.
Our “Paddle” will include a brief history of Métis Culture in BC, Story Telling of your family history in this area and Q&A about how to discover your own roots. Please bring traditional drums, spoons or fiddles if you have them!
Light snack and drinks will be provided.
This event is open to anyone not just people who identify as Métis or First Nations.
*Traditionally, we would hold this event in dug out voyageur canoes. Thank you to the Dragon Boat Society for helping to create our experience of community by offering your boats.