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(Left-right): Victor Brunelle, MNO Moon River?M¨¦tis
Council Senator Larry Duval, Honourary Senator
Ruth Wagner, Town of Huntsville Manager of Arts,
Culture and Heritage Teri Souter, MNO Councilor
Pauline Richardson, MNO Moon River?M¨¦tis Council
President Tony Muscat, Member of the Provincial?
Parliament Norm Miller, Mayor Scott Aitchison,?
PCMNO Senator Verna Porter-Brunelle and MNO
River?M¨¦tis Council Chair Bonny Cann. Click here
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Based on an article by: Dawn Huddlestone which is available at:? https://doppleronline.ca/huntsville/rendezvous-at-river-mill-park-a-national-aboriginal-day-celebration/
On June 21, 2017, The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO), First Nations and Inuit leaders and citizens were in Huntsville attending its annual National Aboriginal Day Celebration (NAD) that included a focus on M¨¦tis culture and heritage.
Students from Huntsville, Spruce Glen and St. Mary¡¯s schools, as well as members of the public, gathered in River Mill Park to learn more about M¨¦tis culture. Dignitaries arrived at the town docks using canoes and then took part in a procession of musicians to the River Mill Park bandshell for a brief presentation.
Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison and the Provisional Council of the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Verna Porter-Brunelle spoke during the opening ceremony.
¡°It¡¯s important to celebrate the people who were here first and how they share this land with us,¡± said Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison. PCMNO Senator Verna Porter-Brunelle followed with a M¨¦tis prayer written by MNO Honourary Senator Ruth Wagner. Senator Porter-Brunelle also noted that the spirit of a Rendezvous is similar to a First Nations pow-wow, but they are not the same thing. ¡°On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, we honour the three Aboriginal peoples: M¨¦tis, First Nations and Inuit. It¡¯s important to distinguish the M¨¦tis from the First Nations and from the Inuit, which each have their own culture and traditions,¡± she said.
Following opening remarks, the students participated in M¨¦tis activities and games, including dot art and bannock making.
Posted: August 2, 2017See ALL news articles