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Founded in 1887, l’union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba is said to be the oldest Métis organization in Canada.
Here in Manitoba, the Métis have a deeply rooted history that is woven into the fabric of our province. Our communities, including St. Vital, are rich with the Métis culture and because of the legacy left by organizations such as l’union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba, traditions won’t be forgotten.
Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba is a grassroots group of volunteers committed to the preservation and promotion of the history of our French-Canadian Métis. Their cultural community events are filled with great music, warm welcomes and strong voices which serve as a reminder that the Métis continue to be a vital part of Manitoba.
Recently, I was honoured to walk alongside members and friends of l’union nationale métisse as they marched to Fort Gibraltar on Louis Riel Day. Commemorating the impact Louis Riel had on Manitoba during the 50th anniversary of Festival du Voyageur is not something I will soon forget.
I was also able to attend a deer leather collar making class this past February at Chalet Louis Riel on Richfield Avenue. Each pattern, stitch and hide tells a unique story about its creator. It was an enjoyable experience getting to know each participant, and I look forward to making my own deer leather collar in the future.
I would like to personally thank Paulette Duguay and all of the members of l’union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba for graciously welcoming me into their organization, and for all of the work they do to protect and advance the interests of the French-Canadian Métis.
These were only some of the events and activities that made January and February busy months for me in St. Vital. I would like to thank each resident and organization in our area that invited me to an event or to meet for coffee, as well as those who contacted my office to share their thoughts on matters important to them.
If you or someone you know has started a new business in St. Vital, I’d love to learn more about what they do! I also encourage anyone who would like to discuss any community or government matters to reach out to their local MLAs. To reach my St. Vital constituency office, call 204-505-9300 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next time in St. Vital.
St. Vital constituency report
Colleen Mayer is the PC MLA for St. Vital.
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