Letter to Metis Citizens

Dear Valued Métis Citizen,

This past Saturday, April 4th, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) hosted the first ever edition of The Beat Goes On. This livestream featured Métis music to fill your homes and relieve some of the stress we are all feeling as we self-isolate with and without loved ones.

This is an opportunity for you and your loved ones to come together and celebrate Métis culture in a “socially distant” and responsible way during these trying times. It is important that as a Nation, we stay in touch with our culture and traditions no matter how hard life becomes. Many of you may be stressed or anxious as a result of the COVID-19 virus, but rest assured, we will emerge stronger than before.

I’m pleased to announce that based on the positive feedback we received from last week’s livestream, the MMF will continue these live shows and will be expanding them. I am happy to say the feedback was tremendous. We received lots of positive reaction and it will continue to stream not only every Saturday, but we will also be streaming on Thursday evenings. 

The livestreams are available on the MMF website as well as our Facebook page.

To enjoy last Saturday’s stream, please follow the link http://www.manitobametis.com/mmf-live-stream

Although we must gather using less conventional methods, such as livestreams and Facebook, we are still connected. Staying in touch with loved ones, your Community and our Metis Nation is critical in these difficult times.

I would like to thank all who watched the stream and our musicians who came out and played our beautiful music for all those at home. Although we intend on having some individuals featured on our live show regularly, we will also be bringing in new talent as often as possible. The Métis Nation has no shortage of artistic talent out there and we are excited to branch out and show those at home even more.

The MMF is also exploring options for videos that can be updated and expanded to support you and your family as interactive, educational and entertaining tools to help normalize routines in your home.

Be sure to comment and watch our live steams of great Metis music and laughs that will be shared every Thursday evenings at 7:00pm and Saturday afternoons at 2:00pm. This Thursday our entertainment will be the band C-Weed.

The Metis government encourages you to continue to self-isolate and practice proper hygiene procedures while focusing on not losing touch of your culture. Our ancestors held on to Métis culture and traditions in the hardest of times and united to emerge stronger than ever, and I believe we can do the same.

Once again, thank you to those who listened, shared, and commented on our live show. I am sure that listeners and viewers will continue to grow as The Beat Goes On.


David Chartrand

President, Manitoba Metis Federation

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