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Participants in the North Bay MNO Moccasin Camp: (Left to right) Senator
Eugene?Contant; Jessica Brunne; Paul Rondeau; Yolande Longpr¨¦; Christian Pilon;?
Linda Krause; Jessica Contant; Jean-Pierre Pilon; Nicole Charron; Melanie Smits;
Marcel Labelle;?Joanne Labelle; Guylaine Morin-Cleroux; MNO Chair, France Picotte;
MNO North?Bay M¨¦tis Council President, Marc Laurin; Louise Vien;
Senator Micheline?Boisvert; Leon Fleury; Senator Alis Kennedy; Chantal Cote;
Claude Boisvert; and?MNO Regional Councillor, Pauline Saulnier.
The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) held its fifth ¡°Moccasin Camp¡± the weekend of March 17-18 in North Bay. For the first time, the Moccasin Camp was conducted entirely in French.? Moccasin Camps build a community of learners within the M¨¦tis Nation. M¨¦tis presenters are in high demand from schools, governments and the general public who are interested in learning more about M¨¦tis in Ontario. The Camps assist the M¨¦tis community by building presentation skills, increasing awareness and instilling pride in our M¨¦tis identity. At each camp, community members share what they know about M¨¦tis history and culture.
Moccasin Camps provide M¨¦tis educators and community leaders--including senators, elders, youth, community councillors, and other active community members--with effective ways of making presentations to different audiences and ways to use various presentation tools such as the ¡°M¨¦tis Education Kit¡±.
The highlight for many of the participants was a presentation by renowned M¨¦tis canoe maker, Marcel Labelle. Marcel was assisted by his apprentice, Christian Pilon, and together they demonstrated how they use the canoe as the basis for teaching traditional M¨¦tis knowledge. Marcel brought a full-size canoe with him to help with his teaching.? Other presenters included Melanie Smits, a M¨¦tis student at the University of Sudbury, who has received many academic awards and served in numerous leadership capacities at the university.? Melanie related her experiences as a M¨¦tis in a post-secondary environment. Louise Vien, a M¨¦tis finger-weaving artist, demonstrated her craft and presented on the history of the M¨¦tis sash and the variations in sash design.
MNO Chair, France Picotte, and Provisional Council of the MNO Councillor, Pauline Saulnier, were among the over 20? participants. MNO Education and Training staff, including Chantal Cote, Guylaine Morin-Cleroux, Linda Krause and Jessica Brunne, also attended and led sessions on such topics as public speaking skills, presenting M¨¦tis material culture, and how to promote M¨¦tis education. The participants were provided with tools they can adapt for their own presentations.
MNO Moccasin Camps continue to be an important aspect of the MNO¡¯s programs to expand the M¨¦tis presence in Ontario¡¯s schools.See ALL news articles