Recognizing the Métis in Niagara

The Niagara Métis recently participated in the Welland Rose Parade and won best cultural float for the seventh year in a row. Walker Environmental has worked with the Métis for several years to help make this event possible.

Prior to Canada’s crystallization as a nation, a new Aboriginal people emerged out of the relations of Indigenous women and European men. While the initial offspring of these Indigenous and European unions were individuals who simply possessed mixed ancestry, subsequent intermarriages between these mixed ancestry children resulted in the genesis of a new Aboriginal people with a distinct identity, culture and consciousness in west central North America. They are the Métis Nation, governed by the Metis Council and in the Niagara Region, this group is very active and involved in the community.

Welland Rose parade_Metis2Each year, the Metis peoples of Niagara participate in the Welland Rose Parade, Louis Riel Day Celebrations and the Encampment at Historic Fort George. Recently, they have also hosted dream catcher and drum making workshops to educate Niagara’s youth in the history, culture, language and traditions of the Métis.

Walker Environmental provides a truck, trailer, driver and donation to the Niagara Region Métis Council for the Welland Rose Parade which is the Grande Parade that closes out the Welland Rose Festival each year. The sponsorship assists them with their mission to unite the Métis people and promote the historical values, culture, language and traditions of the Métis nation.

“The Niagara Region Métis Council is very thankful to have a community partner like Walker Environmental. Over the last several years Walker Environmental has helped our Council bring awareness of the Métis way of life and history to the Citizens of the Niagara Region” says Derrick Pont, President of the Niagara Region Métis Council.

Darren Fry, Project Director for Walker Environmental added “We’re honoured to be able to support the Niagara Region Métis Council in sharing the rich traditions and culture of the Métis people. We look forward to learning more about the Métis history as we strengthen our relationship.”

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