Sault Ste . Marie Quiltinside
(Left-right) MNO HSSMC Women’s Representative
Shirley Loubert and MNO HSSMC Senator Brenda
Powley hold up the wolf quilt. Click here for larger

On February 14, 2016, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council (HSSMC) completed the wolf quilt, which they had started on January 6, 2015. Betty Sims, wife and mother of a local Métis family, volunteered her time to purchase and sew the quilt together. MNO HSSMC Women’s Representative Shirley Loubert completed the project. The quilt features a picture of wolves in grey, brown and black tones. The wolf quilt represents that Métis people are still present and thriving in today’s world.

The MNO HSSMC used the quilt for a fundraiser in support for the local Métis community. Tickets were sold for the quilt and the proceeds went to the MNO HSSMC Métis Crafting Corner and the Métis Dance Club. Shirley takes an active role in the Métis Crafting Corner. This past fall she has volunteered her time and material to interested community participants wanting to learn how to do a “Crooked Rail Fence” pillow quilt.

On National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2016, the quilt was displayed at the Parks Canada Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site. The quilt was also showcased at the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 4, 2016. At the AGM, MNO North Channel Métis Council (NCMC) Councillor June Smart had the winning ticket and brought the wolf quilt home!

The local Métis community sends out appreciation to Shirley and Betty for their dedication and expertise. These clubs are open to all community members to enhance opportunities to gather socially. People are encouraged to share their skills and learn from others within the community.

Posted: March 17, 2017