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Prince Albert Herald
They gathered together to celebrate their culture.
The Métis Local 269 held a celebration of the Métis and First Nations Culture on Wednesday at the Parkland Hall in Prince Albert.
“This is our National Aboriginal Day celebration,” Métis local 269 president Barry Robertson said. “We had it planned for aboriginal day and it rained out that day. Then I got hurt … so this is out Aboriginal Day a couple months late.”
The afternoon was filled with live entertainment from local dancers and singers, including Donny Parenteau, food and fellowship.
“There is lots for the kids because we really believe in kids,” Robertson said. “Our local started from another local and we started here because we are more involved with kids. We like to see kids have a good time and that’s the future.”
Robert Doucette, the president of Métis Nation Saskatchewan, said he enjoys coming home to Prince Albert for events like this one.
“This is what the spirit of Prince Albert is like -- having family come together and sharing food and music,” Doucette said. “That is what I grew up in Prince Albert knowing -- the respect and honour we all got from each other and working really hard and having a good time together. It really brings back a lot of memories for me and has been a really good day.”
Celebrating culture is important to the First Nations and Métis people in the city.
“I grew up in a Métis family -- my grandparents are Métis and it is just important (to help celebrate because I have relatives, who are Métis and I just like coming out and making people smile,” performer Teegan Boyer said. “They basically made us so everything that we are grew from them.”
Not only did they enjoy celebrating their heritage, but also have fun get together and seeing friends and family.
“It has just been a magical day and everybody is here -- First Nations, Métis and non-aboriginal,” Doucette said. “It is the way our community is and what I remember about P.A.”
“Just to get together and have a good time,” Robertson added. “We like gathering. We are a gathering people who like to have fun and just to celebrate our culture -- that’s what it is all about.”