Back to Batoche Days 2017 marked yet another grand celebration of Métis culture. Lively fiddle music, jigging performances, and community events entertained hundreds of locals and visitors from all over the Nation, July 20th to 23rd.
In the following days, guests enjoyed lively jigging competitions, fiddling performances, bannock making, chariot races, voyageur games, and evening dances. Smells of traditional Métis food like neck bones, stew, and bannock wafted through the grounds and the surrounding hills were spotted with campers and tents proudly flying Métis flags. Back to Batoche Days is always a wonderful reminder of the enduring, welcoming, and kind Métis spirit.
Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) was thrilled to host another entertaining and successful Alberta Day on Friday, July 21st. Entertainment included performances by Nicely Put Together Band, Métis Child and Family Dancers, Riel Aubichon, Dorothy Walker, and many more. A huge thank you to all the talented performers who came to represent our province!
Visitors to the Alberta pavilion were treated to bannock and a fascinating display depicting historical locations within the Métis Homeland including Rat Portage, Métis Crossing, Edmonton, Batoche, Fort Resolution, Lewistown, New Caledonia, St Joseph, and Winnipeg. Guests had the chance to learn the history of these important Métis communities and the stories of the people who founded them.
MNA would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s celebrations a wonderful success.
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