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AB Government: Annual Métis Week celebrations

Press Release

Métis Week celebrates the culture, history and contributions of Métis people to Alberta and Canada with events held across the province.

Métis Week

November 10 to 16, 2019

Métis Week is an opportunity for the Métis in Alberta to share their stories, history, and culture with people across Alberta. Everyone is welcome to join in activities throughout the week to learn more about Metis history, culture and the contributions of the Métis to Alberta and Canada.

Each year, the life and legacy of Louis Riel is commemorated on November 16, at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.

More information

In Alberta, contact the Métis Nation of Alberta or the Metis Settlements General Council to find out more about Métis cultural events being commemorated this week and throughout the year.

2019 events

To take part in events happening in Alberta, check out our list of events:

Sherwood Park

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Louis Riel Commemorative Walk
St. Margaret’s Church, 51442 Range Road 202
8:15 am to 8:45 am – Shuttle service offered from the Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office located at: 11738 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton
10 am – Walk begins, horse and wagon available to those who want to ride during the 6K walk
Noon – Mass at St. Margaret’s Church
1 pm – Gather at Deville Hall for chili, bannock, fruits and veggies, and dessert.
Contact: Dawn at 780-455-2200 Ext. 393 or [email protected]

Edmonton

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Métis Week Proclamation and Flag Raising Ceremony
The Métis Nation of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will host a proclamation and a flag raising ceremony in honour of Métis Week.
11 am to 1:00 pm – at City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton.
Enjoy the cultural celebration with music and entertainment, concluding with a light lunch.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Edmonton’s High Level Bridge will be lit after sunset, with Métis colours, blue and white, to celebrate Métis Week. Constable Ezio Farone Park is a great location to take in the view located at 11004 97 Avenue.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Honouring our Métis leaders and Elders will take place at Canada Place 9700 Jasper Avenue
9 am to 3:30 pm – Remembering Significant Métis Historical Leaders of our Past, Indigenous Cultural Centre, 120 Canada Place 9700 Jasper Avenue
4 pm to 5:30 pm – Afternoon tea with Elders at the Renaissance Tower, 9505 105 Avenue

Thursday, November 14, 2019

6 pm – Author Night – Theo Fluery, The Foundary Room, 12021 102 Avenue

Friday, November 15, 2019

Tall Tales and Open Mic
7:00 pm – at Chateau Louis 11727 Kingsway Avenue

Saturday, November 16, 2019

11 am – Louis Riel Commemorative Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature
5:30 pm – Métis Week Gala, Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway Avenue

For more information on Edmonton events contact the Métis Nation of Alberta 780-455-2200

Lac La Biche

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

10 am – Opening Ceremonies
4 pm to 7 pm – Cree Café, Portage College Cafeteria, 9531 94 Avenue

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6:30 pm – Panel Discussion on Métis Roots in Lac La Biche Region, Portage College Theatre, 9531 94 Avenue

Thursday, November 14, 2019

9 am to 3 pm – All day event – Indigenous Headstrong Summit for grades 8 and 9, through out Portage College, 9531 94 Avenue

Friday, November 15, 2019

5:30 pm – Youth talent show and singing Jamboree/Dance, Portage College gym, 9531 94 Avenue

Friday, November 16 2019

1 pm to 4 pm – Fiddling Jamboree, Portage College gym, 9531 94 Avenue
Main contact for all Lac La Biche events, Lise Rouleau – [email protected] or call 780-623-3039

Calgary

November 12 to 17, 2019

Métis Week at the Calgary Public Library in partnership with the Métis Nation Region 3
800 3 Street SE
A celebration of Métis people with live music, children’s activities, genealogy programs, cultural workshops, and more.
For more information call 403-260-2600 or visit Calgary Public Library website

Thursday, November 16, 2019

2 pm to 4 pm
Rupertsland Institute, Métis Week celebration
Métis Training to Employment Centre
#540, 1000 7 Avenue SW, Calgary

Lethbridge

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

10:30 am – A flag raising ceremony in honour of Louis Riel, Lethbridge City Hall
Presentations and coffee and cake to follow.

Slave Lake

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

10 am – Region 5, Flag Raising Ceremony, Rene Hall Plaza, 300 Main Street
Noon Stew and Bannock Luncheon, Region 5 Office, 353 Main Street

Thursday, November 14, 2019

10 am to 2 pm – Region 5 Open House and Free Lunch, Region 5 Office, 353 Main Street

Friday, November 15, 2019

11:30 am to 1 pm – Free lunch and performance by the Edmonton Métis Dancers, Slave Lake Friendship Centre, 416 6 Avenue

Contact

To connect with Indigenous Relations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

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