Rocky heritage group’s Family Day weekend honours Metis culture

Rocky Mountain House will begin its historic Canada 150 celebrations on the Family Day weekend with activities commemorating Métis culture.

The Confluence Heritage Society will host the Family Day and Métis Homecoming Celebrations on Feb. 18 and 18 at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.

There will be a variety of activities, including Indigenous culture entertainment, a Métis jigging and fiddling competition, Northern games, French cabane a sucre, horse sleigh rides, fireworks and a banquet on Feb. 18.

This summer the society is recreating the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant held in 1967 when teams representing provinces and territories retraced the 5,283-kilometre trade route from Rocky to Montreal.

The Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous will see teams race from Rocky to Le Pas, Man., with opening ceremonies on July 1. The society is in need of volunteers for the summer event. Contact Adele Poratto, special event co-ordinator, at 403-391-8819 or email canada150.chs@gmail.com

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