MNBC President Honoured to attend Manitoba 150 Celebration

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(Surrey, BC) - From January 31 – February 1, 2020, MNBC President Morin Dal Col had the privilege of attending Canada’s Winterlude 2020. In addition, President Morin Dal Col attended meetings as the national Minister of Families and Culture, Heritage and Languages with Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, and with national members of a Michif Working Group, on the matter of Métis Children and Families. 

Métis National Council (MNC) and Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) partnered with Canadian Heritage to ensure that the Métis Nation was  highlighted in many of the Winterlude festivities to celebrate this milestone year.  In honour of this partnership, a sculpture of Louis Riel was unveiled at the corner of Sparks and O’Conner Street in Ottawa. This year marks the first year in our history that Louis Riel, and the Métis, were honoured at this event. 

On February 1, a Métis Nation Gala, "Manitoba 150", was held. The celebration marked the 150th Anniversary of the Métis Nation joining the Canadian federation. Through the efforts of President Louis Riel and his Provisional Government, the Province of Manitoba was established as Canada’s fifth province. As National Minister of Culture, Heritage and Families, MNBC President, Clara Morin Dal Col, was honoured to present Welcoming Remarks to the nearly 300 honoured dignitaries and guests in attendance. The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, Minister of Northern Affairs, Dan Vandal, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Natan Obed, and many Métis Nation leaders and citizens were in attendance. It was an evening of celebrating the Métis and our leader, Louis Riel. 

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