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Jamboree performances for Métis Week at Portage College

Local MNA president pleased with traditional awareness

Portage College hosted a virtual Jamboree last Thursday night, part of the celebrations for Métis Week in the communities served by the college.

This article ran in the Nov. 23 edition of the Lakeland This Week newspaper, but was not initially uploaded to our website. Our apologies for the oversight.

The annual awareness week ran from November 14-20 this year and is held to recognize the Métis culture across the Prairie provinces and one-time Métis leader Louis Riel. 

Video footage from Métis Week events and the Jamboree can be found here.

“It’s a great thing to celebrate our leader that we lost in 1885… we want to carry on his ways and traditions and believe in who we are,” says Region1 Métis Nation of Alberta President James Cardinal.

Although the COVID restrictions didn’t allow for a live audience, Cardinal says that the presence of his community and ancestors was still felt throughout the live streaming of the jamboree.

“We know—for sure—that our ancestors are with us while we're entertaining and jigging because this was their way of life.”

Cardinal is hopeful that the Métis communities traditions will continue to impact future generations and is thankful for the awareness and support of the college throughout the week.

“Mostly, I want to thank Portage College for continuing to work on these events.”