The President of the Manitoba Metis Federation and National Spokesperson of the Métis National Council, David Chartrand, will provide remarks at the launch of the Winterlude 2020 programming today announcing Métis Nation events throughout the Winterlude festival. In 2020, Canada and the Métis Nation will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Métis Provisional Government of President Louis Riel bringing the Métis Nation into Confederation as the Province of Manitoba in 1870.
The press conference will highlight Winterlude’s official destinations and themes—including some Winterlude favourites—as well as an urban, cultural and culinary focus.
The 42nd edition of Winterlude will take place on the weekends from January 31 to February 17, 2020 in Ottawa–Gatineau.
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: National Arts Centre (NAC), Peter Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin Street
- President David Chartrand, President of Manitoba Metis Federation and National Spokesperson of Métis National Council
- The Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Ottawa–Vanier)
- Christopher Deacon, President and CEO, NAC
- Pierre Lanthier, Gatineau mayor representative
- Melanie Brault, Capital Celebrations and Program Operations (PCH)
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The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and international levels. The Métis Nation’s homeland includes the 3 Prairie Provinces and extends into the contiguous parts of British Columbia, Ontario, the Northwest Territories and the United States. There are approximately 400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada, roughly a quarter of all Aboriginal peoples in the country.