Opening Ceremonies & Welcome
Re-living the traditions of the Métis Voyageurs, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) kicks off its Annual General Assemblys (AGA) every year with an opening ceremony that features voyageur canoes; this year’s AGA is no different.
The Friday evening will start with the traditional opening ceremonies and welcome to the AGA hosted by President Lipinski and the PCMNO. Métis leaders and special guests will paddle in canoes from Victoria Island to the Museum of Civilization where they will be greeted by AGA delegates and their families. This ritual, which connects the MNO with its Métis voyageur roots, is always an exciting part of the AGA.
Following the procession, attendants will be able to enjoy The Métis Fiddler Quartet’s newly produced show Soldiers in Capotes, an interdisciplinary performance integrating music, theatre and storytelling. The piece conveys the story of the capture of Fort Mackinac by the Métis corps de Voyageurs during the War of 1812.
The Quartet, made up of siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas and Danton Delbaere-Sawhuck, draw on their diverse backgrounds in classical music, jazz and beyond to perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders. The group has performed in large venues including 2010 Vancouver Olympics, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
The Quartets performance will be followed by a procession into the Museum of Civilization where AGA delegates will be able to view the world premiere of the new History of the MNO documentary movie.
The Métis Nation of Ontario: Twenty Years of Achievement is a new documentary film produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the MNO. It features interviews with the people involved in the formation of the MNO including founding President Tony Belcourt, Louise Goulding, Senator Reta Gordon and Jean Teillet as well as rare footage of some of the individuals who played crucial roles in the early MNO including Steve Powley and Marion Larkman.