Some of the excitement at the Niagara Region
Métis Council Harvest Dinner: (top) The Oshawa
Métis Dancers and (bottom) JJ Lavalee on fiddle.By Glen Lipinksi — On November 12, 2010 Métis citizens of the Niagara area including volunteers and staff hosted their annual Harvest Potluck Dinner, this year taking place at the Welland Lions Club. Over 100 citizens, friends and family were joined by Welland’s mayor-elect Barry Shape, Welland city councillor Paul Grenier and the NDP Member of Parliament for Welland, Malcome Allen.
There was truly an abundance of everyone’s favourite food dishes this year with a choice of over 35 different varieties, including moose, rabbit and bannock.
Not only was the food selection extra-abundant this year but the gathering was blessed with the very entertaining dance and music of the Oshawa Métis Dancers and wonderful fiddle and guitar music from JJ Lavallee. The enthusiasm and energy of this young dance troop was amazing and very much the highlight of the evening.
Everyone was introduced to the new Niagara Region Métis Council by its newly elected president Stephen Quesnelle and all enjoyed the words of welcome and greetings from the local politicians.
Thanks to everyone who worked together to present another successful Métis Community Gathering!