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Metis Winterfest at Waskada

On February 18 & 19, Kindergarten to grade 8 students at Waskada School had the opportunity to experience a bit of Metis culture and activities in the same week that also celebrated Louis Riel Day.  Metis Winterfest was two afternoons of traditional fun filled hands-on activities and some specially modified for the students.  Thankfully the weather cooperated, and the temperatures contributed to the success of the outdoor activities including the conclusion of the Event with bannock on a stick over an open fire on Friday afternoon. 

Local Elders, Mary Conway and Jackie Leforte, who are very giving of their time to the schools in the area, also attended enjoying the festivities and interacting with students.  Additionally, two other Metis Elders, Verna DeMontigny and Iona Pople joined the opening ceremony virtually via Zoom.  Leah Laplante, VP for MMF Southwest Region was very supportive of the Event providing guidance and assistance.  In appreciation of their work and support of the Event, Carolyn Cory, Dayna McFarlane, Rachel Svistovski, and Lori Pople were presented with a sash from the MMF Southwest Region.

In addition to the two afternoons of activities, students had the opportunity to attend a display of Metis tools and artifacts Friday morning.  There was a brief presentation to each class and students were able to ask questions of display host, Doug Pople, and learn about the artifacts on display and the significance of the Winterfest activities.

Thank you to the staff of Waskada School who all worked hard to make this event such a huge success. Additionally, a big thank you to the Antler River Recreation department for lending the School snowshoes to use at this Event.  A huge thank you and a special mention to the grade 7 and 8 students who worked at the various stations on both afternoons. 

Submitted by Lori Pople