Students at Amy Woodland Elementary School are pictured getting ready to take part in celebrations marking Louis Riel Day. The event featured special activities

Students at Amy Woodland Elementary School are pictured getting ready to take part in celebrations marking Louis Riel Day. The event featured special activities

Cranbrook marks Louis Riel Day, Métis Week

Saturday, Nov. 16, was Louis Riel Day in Canada. The Mount Baker Wild Warriors put together a great event.

Sharon Trefry

Saturday, Nov. 16, was Louis Riel Day in Canada.  The Mount Baker Wild Warriors, our Aboriginal Student Leadership group, put together a great event.

On Friday, November 15, we met at city hall in Cranbrook for a few short speeches by some special dignitaries, including Chief Jim Whitehead, Principal Jason Tichauer, Director Doug McPhee, and from Métis Nation B.C., Marlin Ratch.  Mayor Wayne Stetski signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 15 through 22, 2013, as Métis Week.

The blue and white infinity Métis flag was raised and can be seen flying above City Hall for the week.  Everyone joined in the singing of “Proud to be Métis”, the Métis National Anthem.

There was music and dance. The School District 5 Jiggers, under the direction of Amy Cross, gave some wonderful entertainment.  The students were proud to demonstrate the dances they have been learning to traditional music.  They did a wonderful job, and looked great wearing their Métis sashes. Alicia Leasak was our MC. Well done, Alicia!

Lots of people joined us, braving some biting winds, but overall the weather was pretty cooperative, considering this was an outdoor event, in           November!

After the ceremony, our guests headed over to The Gathering Place at Mount Baker where we shared lunch and stories.  We were delighted that Senator Betty Hoogendoorn from Métis Nation B.C. was able to join us.  Our youth and elders enjoyed each others’ company, just being together on this historic occasion.

The Métis flag can also be seen flying above Mount Baker Secondary School for the week. Thanks, Ramona!   The Warriors really look forward to this annual celebration. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our students, see you next year!

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