MNBC and I·SPARC Present Jigging On the Land

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and the Indigenous Sport Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) are excited to present “Jigging On the Land” – a virtual jigging workshop led by Madelaine McCallum and Contest.

The workshops, being led by MNBC’s Ministries of Education and Youth and I·SPARC, invite Métis individuals around British Columbia to rediscover and celebrate Métis culture through dance. Métis jigging is a lively dance with fancy footwork influenced by Scottish highland dancing, First Nations, and Celtic dancing. It is traditionally accompanied by fiddle music and an enthusiastic cheering audience playing the spoons!

“Jigging has always been an integral part of Métis culture, and it is important that we continue to pass on the traditions that make us unique as a nation,” says Minister of Sport, Dean Gladue. “Jigging on the Land is a fantastic way to engage our citizens, and continue to pass down Métis knowledge from one generation to the next.” 

Jigging On the Land Workshop

Join us on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at 6 pm (via Zoom) for a fun night of jigging.

In this free virtual workshop, Métis youth and families are invited to connect and learn about their culture and gain new skills to teach to more family and friends. Don’t know how to jig? No problem! Attendees will learn the basics of jigging from Madelaine McCallum. 

Registration is free. Please register through Eventbrite. Workshop will be broadcasted through Zoom.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jigging-on-the-land-tickets-165440820949

Jigging On the Land Contest

After learning some jigging basics from Madelaine – we invite you to show us how you jig with the Jigging On the Land Contest. Contest opens August 13th, 2021 and closes on September 7th 2021. Five (5) winners will be randomly chosen and receive a gift package each! To participate, you must be a registered citizen or self-identified Métis individual and living in B.C.

Get creative! We invite you to showcase your favourite outdoor spots (hence “Jigging On the Land”) and get your family and friends to join in. Bonus points if you can incorporate the use of fiddle music or spoons.

To enter the contest: 

– Take a video of you jigging in your favourite outdoor places in British Columbia.

– Send it to us by uploading it on Facebook and/or Instagram and tagging @MetisYouthBC and @isparcbc (note that the post must be public for it to be entered). Or email your video to Niambi at ncadiz@mnbc.ca

– Tag a Métis friend and invite them to learn to show their moves!

About MNBC

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, approximately one-third of the Indigenous population in B.C. The Métis National Council, the Government of Canada, and the B.C. Government recognize MNBC as the governing body for the Métis people in B.C. MNBC develops and enhances opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services for all self-identified Métis within B.C., regardless of citizenship with MNBC.

About Madelaine McCallum

Madelaine McCallumis a dancer originally from Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan. Though she is well known for Métis dance (she’s been jigging since she could walk!), she enjoys all forms, including Pow Wow, Contemporary, Hip Hop and just movement from the soul. Madelaine has performed for many stages. Performing was a natural progression into choreographing.

Madelaine has a passion for sharing her knowledge of dance and culture. She also shares her story of survival and how dance has been her outlet and saviour throughout her life. Madeline’s belief in sharing knowledge with her community to empower and strengthen them and her deep love of dance and firm belief in its healing powers, for the audience as well as the dancer, is what makes Madelaine McCallum such a name to look out for!

About I·SPARC

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia.