MNBC Raising Métis Cultural Awareness Category: Education

Cultural Wellness was weaved throughout the weekend and all the discussions, and participants shared the need to increase Métis Cultural awareness in BC

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MNBC Culture Series: Jónína Kirton (Issue #3) Category: Education

Photo: Mayors Arts Award 2016 - Jonina, Mayor Robertson, Betsy Warland

Jónína Kirton is a prairie born, proud MNBC citizen and is a Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator who currently resides in the Lower Mainland. She has been involved with the Aboriginal Writers Collective – West Coast, and she coordinated the first National Indigenous Writers Conference in Vancouver 2013. In 2015 Kirton joined the editorial board of Room Magazine. Jónína’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

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MNBC Minister of Youth Cassidy Caron Category: Education

presenting testimony to INAC Committee on the lack of Métis specific mental wellness programs, statistics from "Ta Saantii: A Metis Youth Health report and recommendations. 

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Past President Dumont shares Imagination Library success with Dolly Parton Category: Education

Country Legend, Dolly Parton and Past President of MNBC, Bruce Dumont.

On September 19th , 2016, former President Bruce Dumont was invited to meet with Dolly Parton, Country Music Legend and Hall of Famer at her concert, in Vancouver BC where Mr. Dumont presented Ms. Parton with and shared many letters of appreciation from families who have been gifted with the children's books through Dolly's Imagination Library program. 

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MNBC Culture Series: Gertrude Nome (Issue#1) Category: Education

Gertrude Nome was raised on a farm in Peace River Crossing, Alberta, and didn’t grow up knowing the art and tradition of tanning hides. She was an avid beader, however, and this inspired her to find a new medium to continue her crafty beading work.  Both her, and her husband Alex, self-taught themselves this almost forgotten art. The technique of hide tanning is very time consuming and takes a great deal of physical strength. The long painstaking process of removing flesh and fur from the animals hide and then stretching it over a homemade frame is seldom done by Métis people today.

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