métis [mey tee] n. a person of mixed ancestry; raconteur [rak-uhn-tur; Fr. ra-kwan-toer] n. one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit; The Métis Raconteur n. a B.C. Métis woman telling stories and sharing her culture
On Tuesday my brother and I made a visit to the Nova Métis Heritage Society. As always Ken and Joyce were warm and welcoming. It was a busy day and we got to meet a number of other great people there too.
Even though we have both been members of the society for a couple of years and we have been able to trace our family tree, getting our mothers and grandmothers long form birth certificates for geneological purposes has been a challenge. When we applied to Saskatchewan EHealth they wanted a letter from the Métis association we belong too. Despite sending that off they refused our request and have now added additional requirements including showing ID from the person who writes the letter.
Ken was really great in giving us everything we needed and very helpful. So I’ve sent in the all of the information and hopefully we will finally have everything we need for provincial and federal recognition.
Frustration is sometimes a good thing–when I came home I decided to get my family tree history organized. While looking on line for a printable paper tree I found WikiTree a FREE, yes I’ll say it again, free collaborative worldwide family tree website for geneology. I’ve always believed that it is a persons right to know their ancestry and it shouldn’t be for only a privileged few who choose to pay the sometimes exhorbitant prices of other geneology websites. As soon as I searched for my family name, Parisien/Parisian I found a link. Within a few hours I was introduced through email to my ninth cousin once removed. He has some information about our family but I feel very happy because I will be able to add a great deal of information to the profiles that I already have but it will also prompt me to connect with relatives and ensure that our family history is preserved on-line for all time.
Reminder! Starting tomorrow Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1
Klahowya Village in Stanley Park is hosting am awesome three day weekend featuring Métis culture. The schedule is jam packed with traditional craft and finger weaving demos and workshops; you can expect jigging by favorites the Métis Silver Tip Swingers and Louis Riel Métis Dancers, music by Keith Hill and Amy Eustergerling and Métis history storytelling by George and Terry Goulet. The event is free and open to everyone!
A couple of months ago I decided to transition to a new metisraconteur account on pinterest and as I’ve become more active on Twitter I’ve decided that I want to do the same thing. I find myself interacting more with local New Westminster residents as I become part of the community as well as artists around the world–the move to another twitter account will allow me to really focus on connecting with other Métis.
My Métis Raconteur blog postings will still be shared @susanlgreig but I invite you to follow me at my new account @metisraconteur. Looking forward to connecting with you!
The BC Metis Federation Summer of Culture Campaign is partnering on two events at the Vancouver Woodwards Atrium. The Metis Silver Tip Wingers perform August 29th and Beverly Lambert performs on September 21st.
These two events are part of the Aboriginal Showcase held each Thursday and Friday from 12:30-1:30pm, August 1-October 13. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Vancouver Moving Theatre company.
It’s a busy weekend and I’ve obviously gotten behind on posting.
TODAY! The BC Metis Federation and Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association are co-hosting the Métis Music Festival/Jamboree August 9th – 11th at McLeese Lake a short 20 minutes from Williams Lake. There will also be a special edition of Métis Coffee Talk with Keith Henry broadcast live from the Williams Lake at 4:00pm Saturday.
GOING ON RIGHT NOW! (and wishing I was there-note to self: plan better next year) John Arcand, “Master of the Métis Fiddle”, and his wife Vicki are hosting the annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest. This multigenerational and family fun event includes fiddling, guitar and Red river jigging workshops. This morning the Fiddles and Flapjacks Pancake Breakfast will start at 8:00am and today visitors can look forward to the fiddle competition preliminiaries.The most anticipated event is tonights concert “John Arcand and Special Friends Concert” and the Old Time Dance at 9:00pm with music from Bannock Country.
Tomorrow features the finals for the fiddle competition and the jigging competition.Children can participate in games, arts and crafts and more from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day. I was most excited to hear that the Cultural camp has been expanded and through very affordable 2 hour workshops at $10, you can learn beading, emroidery and finger-weaving.
Admission to all four days of the Fiddle Fest is $50. But if you can attend just one day it’s only $20. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Located just southwest of Saskatoon on The Pike Highway. Free Shuttle service from Saskatoon.
Thank you to John & his wife Vicki for being committed to teaching the next generation about Métis culture!
The John Arcand Fiddle Fest is a registerd non-profit charitable organization-if you wish to make a donation please see their website.
Métis Nation B.C. and the Vernon District Métis Association will hold a gathering for all Métis at the Falkland Stampede/Rodeo grounds Friday, June 21 – Sunday June 23. . Fiddling, Jigging, Bonfires, Pancake Breakfasts, & events for the Kids. Cost: $10 a family. Campsites are available as part of the $10 fee. Grounds open at noon for campers to set up. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a campsite.
Pancake Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 7-10am
Potluck Dinner Celebration on Saturday at the Falkland Community Hall Saturday starting starting at 4:30pm to be followed with fiddling, jigging, bonfires to follow.