Submitted by: Greg Garratt, Region 7 MNO Captain of the Hunt

Craft weekend
Participants of the MNO Georgian Bay Métis Council
Traditional Knowledge and craft weekend holding their
handmade moccasins.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Georgian Bay Métis Council recently hosted a Traditional Knowledge and craft weekend for the Métis youth.

Organized by MNO Region 7 Captain of the Hunt Greg Garratt, youth ages 10-29 spent the weekend making a set of handmade moccasins, bone necklaces and dream-catchers. The weekend allowed these youth to experience a part of their culture and connect to their roots. Along with the crafts, the youth were told Aboriginal stories and participated in, what was for many the first time, a smudging ceremony.

Many elders and volunteers came and went over the weekend participating and mingling with the youth including Ken Fraser. Also in attendance was the Council Youth Representative Danielle Secord.

The moccasin instructors were very patient and helpful. Many thanks to Chris and Melissa Walser from Little Wolf Creations. Thanks also to Colleen Moreau for providing cedar tea and Heather and staff from Gidley’s Galley Restaurant for providing meals and refreshments. The Council would also like to thank Bruce Power for sponsoring the event.