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June 19, 2020
METIS JIG & JAM – June 21st celebrating our rich contribution to Manitoba’s 150 Birthday honouring Louis Riel and the provisional government
Winnipeg, MB – Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day virtually with the Metis Nation Jig & Jam Variety Show, streaming live on Sunday, June 21st from noon to 8 p.m. on mmf.mb.ca and metisnation.ca.
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is pleased to partner with CTV News Winnipeg for one hour, starting at 4 p.m. CBC Television will also be sharing and promoting events, including the Metis Nation Jig & Jam Variety Show, throughout the day on national and regional networks.
This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate both National Indigenous Peoples Day as well as Father’s Day.
National Indigenous Peoples Day gives all Indigenous people an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their Nation, and the Metis Nation will celebrate and share Metis culture, diversity, and accomplishments within Metis communities and with all Canadians.
Father’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to get together with family to celebrate your father and what he does for your family. With this in mind, the Metis Nation Jig & Jam Variety Show features a magician, storytelling, and a comedian.
2020 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Metis Nation joining Canadian Confederation through the establishment of the Province of Manitoba as Canada’s fifth province through the efforts of Louis Riel and his Metis Provisional Government. Manitoba’s Father of Confederation, Louis Riel, will be featured throughout the event.
The Metis Nation Jig & Jam Variety Show will spotlight world-class entertainment, including Metis jiggers, fiddlers, and musicians. Headlining performers throughout the day include the legendary Ray St. Germain, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Champion Patti Kusturok, singer/songwriter Brandi Vezina, and a traditional Metis family musical group: the Dutiaume Family. Special guest Johnny Reid will be appearing live from Nashville.
There will also be educational segments featuring workshops on many traditional activities, including Red River Cart assembly and bannock making, hunting and trapping, crooked knife forging, moccasin making, and tutorials on how to do duck, goose, and moose calls.
There will be narrations featuring several sites of historical significance to the Metis such as Ste. Madeleine, St. Ambroise, St. Norbert, Louis Riel House, Louis Riel’s gravestone, Elzéar Goulet Park, Manitoba House, Upper Fort Garry, and Lower Fort Garry.
Join us for a day of Metis pride, honour, song, and dance, and help us celebrate this day of recognition. -30- Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis. The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community. The Manitoba Metis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.
For media information, please contact:
Manitoba Metis Federation
Metis National Council