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Métis Nation of Ontario Durham Region
June 21 - July 4
MNO Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council
We are a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Charter Community Council created in 2004. We invite the MNO Oshawa and Durham Region Community, Métis, Indigenous and non-Indigenous People of all ages to participate with us in the celebration of our Métis history, values, culture, and languages which form our proud heritage.
Our council stands committed to enhancing community development, the academic success of our youth, and the promotion of artistic and cultural achievements along with exercising our treaty rights under the constitution.
Together with our community partners, friends, the support of the MNO and co-council, we strive to provide community programs, outreach and cultural development.
The ODRMC is best known in Durham Region for its 12 years of 2-day Metis Heritage Celebrations at Memorial Park in Oshawa as part of Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations across Canada. Over the years we have hosted well know Métis entertainers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario as well as Métis cultural interpreters and Indigenous vendors from the Ontario Pow Wow Trail.
Here is a video medley of Ontario Métis entertainers at our 10th Métis Heritage Celebration in 2016.
All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle
ODRMC’s second pride and joy is the All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle, formed by Métis women from the ODRMC in 2008. The women wanted to learn more about, celebrate, and honour, their Métis and First Nation heritage. Our numbers continue to increase as our drum circle welcomes Indigenous women and friends of the Indigenous culture and community to join.
Over the years we have been invited to perform at many cultural events organized by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations in the GTA. Our performances often include interactive participation of our audiences playing spoons, hand drums, or shakers, and dancing the Red River jig.
We are always on the look-out for inspirational and spiritual music from our Métis, and First Nations heritage, be it in Michif which is the Métis language, Anishinabek, Cherokee, English, French, Mi’kmaq, or Wendake.
Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers
ODRMC’s third pride and joy is our jigging troupe, the Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers named after the Council’s founding Senator and mentor, Olivine Bousquet Tiedema, in 2008. We began with a four-day workshop for Métis families, led by professional Métis dancer, Yvonne Chartrand. From this came our Youth Dancers who eventually got to exhibit their style and accompanied by JJ Lavallee at Back to Batoche Days 2012, in Batoche, Saskatchewan Back to Batoche Days is the biggest annual week-long Métis Gathering in Canada held to celebrate Métis culture and history
Here is a one-minute medley of Auriele Diotte, our last remaining Olivine Bousquet Dancer, dancing at the Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 Nish Stravaganza celebration hosted by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.
Ian Flett Memorial Dancers
The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers (IFMD) are three siblings from Winnipeg, Manitoba who share a passion for dance, not just any dance, it’s all about the Red River Jig! They perform traditional dances of the Red River Jig mixed with modern dancing known as the hip-hop jig. Through their gift of dance, they have had great opportunities to travel the world to showcase their type of music and dance. They hold numerous achievements and awards including their most recent, Runner Up in Canadian Family’s Got Talent, (see links below) awarded on May 25th, 2020.
Here, they perform their Devil Went Down to Georgia routine at the ODRMC’s 12th annual Metis Heritage Celebration in 2018
Thank you, Marsee Members of Bawaajigewin, for coming up with this idea to fill in the gap, the BIG GAP, there would have been without any celebration of our Indigenous Peoples this year. Marsee, Miigwetch, to all of you who have taken the time to learn about the Métis in Oshawa and Durham Region. It has been a pleasure to put this little virtual history together for you.
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