Submitted by Christa Lemelin, Chair of MNO Peterborough Métis Councille dragon boatThe MNO Peterborough Métis Council Dragon Boat team. From left to
right, top row: Terry Bloom, Brad Hodgson, Sam Hodgson, Tom Bloom,
Terra Knapp, Susan Curtis, Nathaniel Gelinas, Katherine Smith, Leslie
Cruise, Cara Frost, Jessica Frost-Cruise. Bottom row: Mike Walsh,
Sebastien Lemelin, Harrison Hodgson, Thomas Hodgson, Christa
Lemelin, Taryn Blackstock, Krista Frost, Donna Mackay. Missing from
photo: Candace Lloyd, Luke Thompson.

On June 13, The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Peterborough and District Wapiti Métis Council (MNO PDWMC) participated in the Dragon Boat Festival on beautiful Little Lake in the heart of downtown Peterborough.

The purpose of this festival was to raise money to help support the services needed for the Peterborough and Regional Health Center’s Breast Assessment Center.

This goal for this year’s festival was to raise $215,000 to purchase new imaging equipment. The MNO PDWMC race team raised over $1500, with a goal of raising even more next year.

Since paddling on the water is found deep in Métis roots, the MNO PDWMC felt this was a fantastic way to help such a great cause in their community. The race team consisted of MNO citizens and friends of the community.

The team participated in two races, placing first in their first race, and third in their second race.

Congratulations to all who participated and thank you to those who contributed and supported the team!