SUDBURY – On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Cambrian College’s Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services is hosting a celebration of Métis culture and heritage in the Student Life Centre at the College’s Barrydowne campus. The event is planned in honour of Louis Riel Day, which is Nov. 16.
Dance and live music, including traditional fast fiddling, jigging, and broom dancing, will be featured at the cultural event, led by Sudbury Métis Council Senator Cecile Coutu, who is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario.
“This is a great occasion for our students to engage in Métis culture and to be part of the music and dance that’s a really fun form of cultural expression,” explained Ryan Linklater-Wong, who hails from Moosonee and is the Aboriginal Engagement Officer at Cambrian College.
“Jigging was part of my family tradition growing up, and some students who will be performing have danced before, but we’re also rehearsing with people who are totally new to it, and they’re jumping right in. This is exactly what we had hoped for, because learning about culture and staying connected to your cultural identity is an important part of your experience in college,” Linklater-Wong continued.
The festivities begin with a free lunch in the Student Life Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Music and dance will begin at 12:30 p.m. The festivities are open to all.
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Director, Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services
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