Metis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly
The Metis Nation of Ontario is holding its 22nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) this year in Midland, Ontario from August 22-24, 2015. The MNO AGA allows for its Citizens to gather together with friends, family and colleagues to conduct the business of the Nation, showcase our rich culture, pass on our traditions to younger generations and celebrate our stories. President Beaulieu and Senator Constance Simmonds will be attending the AGA as delegates and will be representing the TYRMC.
The TYRMC has several exciting things coming up in the next few months with our first business meeting and event being held in September 2015!
Metis Roots Cultural Showcase, Culture Days Toronto
September 26, 2015 at the Malvern Toronto Public Library
Traditional meets contemporary in this community showcase of Métis culture with music, dance, crafts, and historical displays. Fun for the whole family. Take part in a workshop. Learn the "Red River Jig" Play the wooden spoons. Do some beading. Our historic Métis roots are a blend of First Nations, French, Scottish, English and Irish cultural heritage dating back 400 years. Enjoy fiddle and drum performances - storytelling - art, film and food! Bison, bannock & tea! We have it all.
Culture Days Event Page
TYRMC Business Meeting
The TYRMC meets on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Toronto and York Region to conduct the business of the Council. If you’re interested in learning more about the work and functioning of our Council, please consider joining us for our upcoming meeting on:
Sunday September 13, 2015 - 1:30-4:00pm
East York Civic Centre (Council Chambers, 850 Coxwell Avenue)
Please contact the TYRMC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
We hope to see you at an upcoming business meeting or community event!
Indigenize Your Mind with Jigging and Fiddling!
On Saturday July 25, 2015, the TYRMC collaborated with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) to host an afternoon of Metis jigging and fiddle music, featuring artists Anne Lederman and Aurielle Diotte, as part of the Indigenze Your Mind Programming hosted by the NCCT. Councillor and Cultural Committee Lead Virginia Barter welcomed participants to the Metis music and dance workshop, discussing the work of the TYRMC and its commitment to offering culture-based programming. The afternoon was filled with dancing, laughter and good conversation, with over 50 people attending the event. The TYRMC would like to say Marsi to the NCCT for collaborating with them on this fantastic event!
TYRMC Retreat for Councillors
On Saturday June 13, 2015, TYRMC Councillors gathered for a day-long retreat to review their work from the past year and also began to plan for next year’s events! Councillors discussed the successes of the past year, which included facilitating a digital storytelling project on Metis Health with community artists Jennifer Lafontaine and Emmy Pantin of Community Story Collective, holding the first Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration in November 2015, participating in the Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in February 2015, and holding an Annual General Meeting for Metis Citizens and Community Members in April 2015. Councillors identified key activities and goals for the next year stemming from the TYRMC’s Committees on Culture, Sustainability, Youth, Education, Communications, Health and Building Relationships. TYRMC also celebrated the birthdays of several of its Councillors and enjoyed spending time socializing and connecting throughout the day!
National Aboriginal History Month Celebration
On June 24, 2015, the TYRMC was invited to participate in the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto’s National Aboriginal History Month Celebration, an annual event that takes place at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The TYRMC had a table at the celebration with information about the Metis Nation of Ontario as well as various Metis goods for sale. It was a fantastic day of celebration and community, and TYRMC Councillors greatly enjoyed connecting with the Metis Citizens and Community Members throughout the day!
The Toronto & York Region Metis Council has remained busy over the summer months! While the Council takes a break from its regular business meetings in July and August, TYRMC Councillors have participated in several events representing the Citizens of Toronto and York Region.
TYRMC Summer Highlights
Participation in the Pan American and Parapan American Games
The TYRMC has participated in several of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games events. On May 30, 2015, TYRMC President Tera Beaulieu and Youth Representative Christine Skura participated in the torch arrival ceremony for the Pan Am flame. Beaulieu and Skura were accompanied by several other representatives from the Metis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Huron-Wendat Nations as they paddled in a complement of Metis Nation of Ontario Canoes to deliver the Pan Am flame to Toronto. Youth Rep Christine Skura was also one of five Metis youth who performed during the Pan Am Opening Ceremonies, recreating a scene of traditional Metis life alongside Metis youth Alicia Blore, Liam Blore, Joanna Burt, and Kyle Burton. President Beaulieu will also be representing the TYRMC and Metis Nation of Ontario during the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games on Friday August 7, 2015.