Metis want to expand awareness

Louis Riel Day festivities will be held Saturday in Vernon and the public is urged to attend

The Metis have deep roots in Canadian history and that’s something they want to celebrate.

Louis Riel Day festivities will be held Saturday in Vernon and the public is urged to attend.

“We want to honour his accomplishments,” said Vince Van Wieringen, with the Vernon and District Metis Association, of Riel, who helped found Manitoba.

Saturday’s events will include a gathering in front of Vernon city hall from 1 to 3 p.m. and a potluck dinner at 2913 29th Ave. at 4 p.m.

“We want to increase awareness about the Metis culture in Vernon. We are here and here to stay.”

There are 375 people in the area registered as Metis and another 900 who are self-proclaimed and researching their heritage.

It was decided to meet in front of city hall as a way of urging city officials to recognize Riel Day.

“There will be Metis dancing and we will hang our flags,” sad Van Wieringen.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and find out about the Metis heritage.”


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