Métis Youth Participate in Cultural Exchange
Métis youth at Camp Kitchikewana

Five Métis youth from the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Georgian Bay Métis Council and one councillor attended YMCA Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island for three days and two nights. They shared their camping experience with campers from Georgina Island First Nation, became friends and were invited to visit Georgina Island First Nation this fall as part of a cultural exchange.

The YMCA camp councillors provided the children with laughs and learning experiences from 7:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night. Georgian Bay Islands National Park gave lessons on the wildlife, as well as the history of the island, including artefacts that connect to both First Nation and Métis people. The campers had a chance to try kayaking, drumming, orienteering, hiking, swimming, archeology digs, games and much, much more.

The MNO Georgian Bay Métis Council is planning a return trip next year and invites other councils from Region 7 to send children and councillors. Anyone interested should contact Larry Ferris at ferris.larry51@gmail.com

Larry would like to thank D. Saulnier’s Metal Recycling and local MPP Garfield Dunlop for financial support. This event was first made possible by the late Senator Helen Bradley, who is still remembered by staff with a smile and a little chuckle.

“I would also like to thank the kids for doing such a good job representing the Métis people and culture and for making it a fun trip–and remember moms, they learned to wash tables, set tables, sweep the floor, clean the cabin, make their bunks and much more,” said Ferris.