Successful Children and Family Forum for Chilliwack Métis

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On March 3, 2018 Chilliwack Métis Association (CMA) held a very successful Children and Families Community Forum at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack, B.C.   CMA had 42 people in attendance, the topic was about Permanency. Métis people supporting Métis people.  Exploring the issues of Métis children in foster care, how many there are locally and provincially, how CMA can connect with them, and what they can do as a community to support and prevent our children from entering the system.  To come together and share information and spread awareness to the wider community.

Speaker and Jigger Maddy McCallum told her story of growing up in a traditional Metis settlement in northern Saskatchewan.  Maddy and Fergus Dalton both did jigging as well as gave lessons for the crowd.  Aimee Fauteux was playing the fiddle.

Other guest speakers included Eva Coles the CEO at the Métis Commission in Kamloops.  The commission supports all Métis children in the province.  Eva regularly travels around the province supporting our children and families and works closely with all levels of government. Peter Lang and Linda Tenpas, parents of Nick Lang, attended.  Peter spoke about Nick’s story and the journey Linda and Peter have been on ever since Nicks passing.  Jason Simmons MNBC Director of Children and Families helped the group explore a variety of ideas to best support our children and families, increase overall awareness, and brainstorm about taking action.  There were also several Elders and Youth who shared their stories with us. 

This was an all-day event that ran from 9am to 3pm.  Breakfast, Lunch and Bannock were provided. 

Chilliwack Métis Association appreciates everyone who took the time to participate and learn with us.  CMA looks forward to putting learning into action and having further conversations about supporting Métis children and youth.

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