Cultural Activities and Métis Voyageur Games

Air rifles, hatchets, sling shots - on the waterfront (video)

On August 27, AGA delegates of all ages took part in Métis cultural activities and the Métis Voyageur Games at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste. Marie.

The proceedings featured athletic skill events representing the historic activities of Métis Voyageurs during the fur trade era. Specific components included air rifle, hatchet throw, pole carry and sling shot.

Those present also enjoyed demonstrations of traditional dancing and children's games, presented by the MNO Summer Youth Cultural Program students as well as workshops from MNO staff on traditional cultural activities such as fiddle making, bannock making, finger weaving, beading and embroidery.

Crews from Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) were on hand to film the goings-on for national broadcast for a new show called Warrior Games.

In the evening the MNO Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council hosted a delicious Pig Roast with entertainment from the local Sault Ste. Marie area Métis Dancers and the popular country band the Wild Turkeys.

Click here for a slide show featuring pictures from these activities.