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Submitted by: Joseph Paquette,?MNO Veterans¡¯ Council President?
On May 26, 2016, at the Canadian Forces Base Borden, the day was full of surprises for 103-year-old M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) certified veteran Alexander (Alex) Boucher. Accompanied by his daughter Carol Boucher and son Eugene Boucher, Alex attended the Aboriginal Veterans¡¯ Day event.
The surprise of the day came when Alex was presented with his first leather vest. This presentation was arranged by MNO Veterans¡¯ Council Secretary Greg Garrett. Alex was so thrilled and wore the leather vest with great pride.
Leather is an important commodity for M¨¦tis culture. Early M¨¦tis clothing was frequently made from leather and decorated with beads or quills (M¨¦tis Legacy II, 2006). Hunting and the traditional art of hide tanning continue to be important skills for the M¨¦tis.
Although it rained, it did not put a damper on the day¡¯s activities. The MNO Veterans¡¯ Council was well represented along with the MNO Summer Youth Cultural Program youth who jigged and danced for guests.
?Published on: June 28, 2016See ALL news articles