Three-Month Red River Métis Expedition Begins, Celebrating 150 Years of Manitoba
A traditional Metis expedition, complete with a dogsled guide using a traditional Cariole, will set out from Kenora, Ontario, ending at Winnipeg’s Upper Fort Garry on May 12 to celebrate the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund’s “Heartbeat of the Nation” Gala in support of Diabetes Canada and also to celebrate Metis 150, the Manitoba Metis Federation’s (MMF) campaign honouring 150 years of Manitoba’s Metis-led entry into Confederation. The trek officially kicks off with the dogsled portion.
The pre-kick off of the Manitoba Métis Federation’s 2020 Red River Expedition at the Sportsplex will run noon to 3:00pm with opening ceremonies at 12:15pm on February 17, 2020. This is a free event and will feature a variety of family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities! Food and beverages will also be available!
The official send-off of the Dog Team will be the next day, February 18 at 10:00am at the Ministry landing. After, everyone is invited to Anicinabe Park for more food and warm beverages!
“This voyage is to celebrate Manitoba’s 150 Anniversary. May 12th is it’s official Birthdate! The story behind this expedition, started several years back, with a shared vision from Armand, who is a Métis man from Manitoba, and his wife and partner Kelly Jerome, whom I now call a sister of the Métis. Their vision was to retrace the Dawson Trail route that connected the Great Lakes to the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. The journey would become a two part trek, starting with a Dog Sled in Kenora, and ending with a Red River Cart at Manitoba’s birthplace, Upper Fort Garry.” – Martin Camire, Councillor for the Kenora Métis Council.
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