VDMA and KMA Louis Riel Event

Kelowna and Vernon are holding their Louis Riel day celebration on Sunday November 17th at the People Place in Vernon from 11am – 4pm.  We will be having a traditional luncheon of rabbit stew, tortierre with gravy, potatoes, and bannock and cake for dessert.  We will be doing a mini Metis cart craft and will have live music and will show a 10 minute video of the life of Louis Riel

Vermillion Forks Metis Association Louis Riel Day Event

Date: November 16, 2019

Metis Flag raised at Town Hall in Princeton BC

Date: November 18, 2019

VFMA and SD#58 #105-Hwy. 3 East (basement)

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Activites, crafts etc.

November 21, 2019 and November 22, 2019

Metis Jigging Workshop with Metis Bev (Bev Lambert)

Location: Vermillion Forks Gym

November 21, 2019

Metis Potluck and Student Showcase

Vermillion Forks Gym

South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association Louis Riel Day

Celebration of Louis Riel Day

When:                       December 8th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:                      Kinsmen CPR Station, 216 Hastings Avenue, Penticton

Upstairs, Meeting Room A

Hosted by:                South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association

To Celebrate:           Games and construct a miniature replica of a Red River Cart

If you have a glue gun with glue, please bring it.

No Cost:                    Snacks and refreshments will be provided

RSVP:                         Please email your RSVP to:  terry_kennedy@shaw.ca or call her at (250) 809-4427

Deadline for RSVP:            No later than November 30th, as we will need to know

many Red River Carts kits are required for assembly




Interior Honours Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport! Six Outstanding Indigenous Athletes Receive Prestigious Award

Merritt, BC (November 4, 2019) – The 2019 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport were presented last night to six outstanding Indigenous youth athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region. The Regional Awards were presented during a formal celebration held at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC. The Interior is the third of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s (I·SPARC) six regions to honour Indigenous athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

I·SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August 2019, receiving close to 130 nominations from across the province for Indigenous athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 36 recipients were chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Fraser, Interior, Northeast, Northwest, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.

The 2019 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Regional Recipients

  • Hanna Sault-Hartwick,16, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Jade Wynne, age 13, Karate (Kumite), Nlaka’pamux Nation
  • Kanani Coon, age 14, Basketball, Enoch Cree Nation
  • Connor Kaboni, age 16, Lacrosse, Nipissing First Nation
  • Emma Guertin, age 17, Trampoline Gymnastics, Sprint Kayak, Métis Nation BC
  • Jonathan Fraser-Monroe, age 15, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tla-Amin Nation

“Congratulations to each of the 36 talented athletes selected as regional award recipients this year,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Your extraordinary achievements in sport and school and as community leaders are an inspiration to everyone in B.C. I wish you the very best as you continue to strive for greatness in athletics and beyond.”

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our recipients in the Interior,” said Bruce Baptiste, Interior Regional Lead for I·SPARC. “These young role models have dedicated their time to achieve excellence and we look forward to their continued success.”

“For me, as an Indigenous woman, there is power in realizing that you are strong. That you are not weak if you fall down. There is power as a people in realizing that we are all descendants from warriors and that sport is an extension of that,” said Hannah Sault-Hartwick, Interior Regional Recipient.

These Regional recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards selected in early 2020. 10 Provincial Recipients will be awarded at the Gathering Our Voices Opening Ceremony in Kamloops on March 16, 2020 and go on display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Throughout November, the three remaining regions will host formal celebrations to honour their 2019 Regional Premier’s Awards recipients.

October 9, 2019 EXCITING NEWS!

Some of you may have heard about the great foundation we started a couple of years ago called the Act West Community Foundation and we have some very exciting news;
Act West is pleased to announce that they are opening up applications for bursaries available for single mothers and we will fund up to 4 years of study at a University, College or Technical Institute. Each bursary is worth up to $30,000 to the successful recipient.

If you know of any single mothers deserving of this great opportunity, please send them the link below to apply:


Applications must be submitted by no later than November 10, 2019 for the January 2020 term. The successful applicant will be notified no later than December 6, 2019. The goal of the Act West Community Foundation is to change the life of a single mother through
education and mentorship. To find out more, please click on the link below:


Diane Dupuis, CFP, CLU, CHFC, CHS
President- The Dupuis Langen Group

SOSMA Beading Workshop

Métis Beading Workshop

When: November 3rd, 2019

Where: Oliver Parks & Recreation

6359 Park Drive, Oliver

Meeting Room #2 @ 11AM – 4PM

Facilitator: Linda Van Weirengen from Vernon Metis Association

Who: Everyone is welcome including family and friends.   NOTE: Participation is limited to 24 people

Cost: Beading kits provided free of charge to all SOSMA community members.  Non-member fee will be $20.  We will be making earrings or bracelets.  Cost is $0.50 per hoop and backing.

Food: Light lunch and refreshments available

Registration: Please register via e-mail rjeanjones76@gmail.com by November 1st, 2019

Boundary Metis Association Board of Directors

President :  Yvonne Jean Lloyd  MNBC citizen

Vice President: Dawn Marie Arnott Sioga  MNBC citizen

Secretary: Shannon Marie Hurley(self identified Metis)
Treasurer: Marie Ida Cecile Arnott (French Canadian)
Director: Jacqueline Julienne Marie Lessard   MNBC citizen
Women’s Representative: Judy Anne Letendre  expired and renewing MNBC citizen
Officer of the Hunt: Douglas Eddy Arnott  MNBC citizen
Director: Donald Joseph Robillard  MNBC  citizen
Director: Yvonne Margaret LaBoucane-Yemm  application for MNBC in the works