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Celebrating Metis Culture

The Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company has started a tradition. With funding help from GDI and its regular bevy of strong public sponsors and supporters, the SNTC has created an annual Louis Riel Celebration that is held on Nov. 16 every year. Maria Campbell, who amasses a cast of dancers, musicians, actors and citizens who come together to celebrate Louis Riel and Métis culture, directs the celebration. This year's event was tied in to the launch of the Howard Adams biography and a Leah Dorion art show. On hand for the celebration was Tantoo Cardinal, Yvonne Chartrand who did a Métis jig that had 28 changes, John and Vicki Arcand and musician Jay Campbell Ross. Also taking the stage were Maureen Belanger (Ernestine), poet Rita Bouvier, actor Nicole St. Germain, and singer Tracey Lindberg. Taking to the stage for the first time was Michelle Leclair-Harding who played Riel's wife Margarite and Eagle Feather News publisher John Lagimodiere who took the stage again as Louis Riel. A fun time was had by all and after the standing ovation, a Métis feast of boulettes, soup, and bannock closed the evening.

Photo courtesy of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Originally published in the December 15, 2005 edition of Eagle Feather News.

Updated July 16 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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