French River Metis Tribe

EVENT CANCELLATION

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the French River Métis, we are sorry to have to inform you that we have had to cancel this year’s French River Métis Rendez-Vous.

We would like to apologise for the cancellation, especially to those of you who have already made travel plans. Unfortunately, this is due to a series of unfortunate events beyond our control but we intend to make next year’s Rendez-Vous even more spectacular so we hope you can join us then.
We are planning to organize a dinner and meeting in the late fall or early in the new year, pending an invited guests schedule. We will keep you posted on this. We would like to thank all the businesses that have to graciously supported us in the past and hope that for next years Rendez-Vous we can continue to count on all of you. We would also like to thanks all the people that have supported us and hope you will join us next year.

We appreciate your understanding.

Miigwetch
Marci
Thank You

French River Métis Executive Committee

      Santa Claus Parades  - 2015

French River Métis will be participating with a float in

"" 3 "" Santa Claus Parades this year ...

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Today Nov.28 in Markstay ...

Tomorrow Nov. 29 in Noelville  

Saturday Dec. 5 in St-Charles.

 Join and support your community

for these great Santa Claus Parades...  

 

 

Another French River Métis Rendez-Vous has now come to an end...

This year, for the celebration of the Ontario 400th, the French River Métis was joined by the Richelieus, the Municipality of French River, Ontario 400th, RDÉE and the Caisse Populaire de Noelville to make this a GREAT DAY. The French River Executive Committee would like to thank all who attended, we hope you had a fun and enjoyed the music and food. Thanks Métis Rick Meilleur to MC our day. ‘Blue Creek Band: great music as always, our other local talent, Linda Gagnon, Rick Meilleur, Raymond Pitre, Sharon Gauthier Lefebvre, Ruth Gauthier, Bryanna Bazinet, Émile Savard and all others who graced us with their beautiful voices. Thank you to our Elder Richard Chartrand, for tending the sacred fire and smudging, and his son Marc, his helper. Thank you Christina and Wilmer for sharing your wisdom, teachings and guidance at the opening ceremonies, Chi Miigwetch. Thanks you to the Flag Bearers, Denis Lefebvre - Canadian Flag, Jacques Bouffard - French River Legion, Claude Boffard - Municipality of French River, Britney Bazinet - French River Métis, Malcom Lamothe - Richelieu de la Rivière des Français, Raymond Pitre - Infinity, Hélène Savard - Métis Federation of Canada, Noella Pitre - Franco-Ontarien, Mike Gauthier - Mohawk Flag, Marc Desrochers - Warrior Flag. Thank you, Malcome, Richard, Carol and all the Richelieus, Trista, Claude, Marla,and the Municipality of French River, Monique and RDÉE, Jean-Serge and Caisse Populaire de Noelville - this partnership was a success. Thanks to the Kitchen, André Bazinet, Chris Deforge, Shelly Bazinet, Steven Bazinet and Isabelle Bergeron. Thanks to the Bannock cooks, Claude Bergeron and Joel Vittorel. Thank You ticket sellers, Yollande Bergeron, Rejeanne Chartrand, Gaetanne Meilleur, Ricki Lahti on grounds and at Foodland - Braedan Stanton, Marla Bouffard, and a very special Kaiden Séguin (for ALL your help, great job buddy). Thanks top Carol Vailllant, Britney Bazinet and Braedan Stanton for tending tot he French River Métis table. Thanks for our donation collectors, Richard, Andre, Ruth, Gaetan, Suzanne Bisaillon and Joan. Thank you Hélène Clément and Ivan Dalcourt for your teachings. A super special thanks you to our young Métis for all there continuous help, year after year - Shelly, Steven, Cassie, Britney, Kaiden, Bryanna, Marc and Ricki. Thanks to the vendors for sharing your goods, hope you had a successful day. Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks to all who have donated: Caisse Populaire Noelville, Municipality of French River, Noelville Foodland, St.Charles Food Market, Sparky’s, Jeannette & Dave, Yollande & Claude, Mayer Esso, The Maples Golf, Course, Monetville Hotel, Annie Hébert, Lynn’s Hairstyling, Countryside Motor Inn, Rejeanne & Richard, Cassie Vaillant, Ruth & Gaetan, André & Joan, Caisse Pop Alban, Caisse Pop St-Charles, Running with Scissors, Sudbury East Community Health Center, Nadon Lumber, Keyran’s, Top End Marine, 64 Auto Parts, Dollars & Sense, Saenchiur Flechey, Chez Linda Beauty Salon, Art Gallery, Dianne Shilliday Kuzniar, I-Beads, La Grosse Carotte, Chateau Guay Motel, Sucrerie Séguin, West Nipissing Métis, Timeless Memories, French River Trading Post, Colonial Inn, Marine Tech Plus, Noelville Rental, Ontario Parks, Voyageur Gold Course, Thomas Bulldozing, Noelville Pharmacy, Rona, Beausejour Hotel, and Time Horton. It is because of ALL OF YOU that this day is HUGE success - Great Friends, Great food, Great Music.....

THANK YOU, MARSEE, MERCI, MIIGWETCH ...

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11th Annual French River Métis Rendez-Vous
Rendez-Vous

2015  - Winners

Raffle 1st Prize  - Shirley Marcoux
Raffle 2nd Prize - Gail Steves
Raffle 3rd Prize - Ric

2015  - Winners

Raffle 1st Prize  - Shirley Marcoux
Raffle 2nd Prize - Gail Steves
Raffle 3rd Prize - Rick Meilleur
Raffle 4th Prize - R. Lalonde

50 / 50   -   Andre Bazinet

Stub Draw Winners

1-  Don Croteau
2-  Don Croteau
3-  Dave Dumont
4-  Raymond Demers
5-  Suzane Lamondin
6-  Jacqueline Beausoleil
7-  Laurent Hebert
8-  Laurent Hebert
9-  Alicia Simon
10- Joan Bazinet
11- Annie Hebert
12- Hollie Fryer
13- Justin Pitre
14- Joseph Hajeck
15- Isabelle Bergeron
16- Paul Schoppmann
17- Keith Lavalley
18- Keith Lavalley
19- Charleen Lavalley
20- Charleen Lavalley
21- Micheline Huff
22- Roger Lahaie
23- Roger Lahaie
24- Keith Lavalley
25- Claude Mayer
26- Roger Lahaie
27- Joan Bazinet
28- Claude Bouffard
29- Aurore Dubé
30- Nicole Ethier
31- Holly Fryer
32- Nicole Ethier
33- Steven Bazinet
34- Joseph Hajeck
35- Raymond Lafortune
36- Louise Lafortune
37- Joseph Hajeck
38- Crystal Martel
39- Fraser Schell
40- Pauline Fournier
41- Steven Bazinet
42- Raymond Prevost
43- Lorraine Deforge
44- Gertrude Fortin
45- Julie Duval
46- Lionel Lavalley
47- Hugette Dorion
48- Maurice Lahaie
49- Maurice Lahaie
50- Aline Hebert
51- Beth Servant
52- Mike Bigras
53- Hugette Dorion
54- Cassie Vaillant
55- Claude Mayer
56- Karen Quinlan
57- Joan Bazinet
58- Gertrude Fortin
59- Aurore Dubé
60- Justin Pitre
61- Mike Bigras
62- Fraser Schell
63- Nicole Ethier
64- Gaetan Gauthier
65- Wendy Lavalley
66- Jacques Seguin
67- Diane Savoie
68- Keith Lavalley
69- Joseph Hajeck
70- Diane Ouellette
2015  - Winners

Raffle 1st Prize  - Shirley Marcoux
Raffle 2nd Prize - Gail Steves
Raffle 3rd Prize - Rick Meilleur
Raffle 4th Prize - R. Lalonde

50 / 50   -   Andre Bazinet

Stub Draw Winners

1-  Don Croteau
2-  Don Croteau
3-  Dave Dumont
4-  Raymond Demers
5-  Suzane Lamondin
6-  Jacqueline Beausoleil
7-  Laurent Hebert
8-  Laurent Hebert
9-  Alicia Simon
10- Joan Bazinet
11- Annie Hebert
12- Hollie Fryer
13- Justin Pitre
14- Joseph Hajeck
15- Isabelle Bergeron
16- Paul Schoppmann
17- Keith Lavalley
18- Keith Lavalley
19- Charleen Lavalley
20- Charleen Lavalley
21- Micheline Huff
22- Roger Lahaie
23- Roger Lahaie
24- Keith Lavalley
25- Claude Mayer
26- Roger Lahaie
27- Joan Bazinet
28- Claude Bouffard
29- Aurore Dubé
30- Nicole Ethier
31- Holly Fryer
32- Nicole Ethier
33- Steven Bazinet
34- Joseph Hajeck
35- Raymond Lafortune
36- Louise Lafortune
37- Joseph Hajeck
38- Crystal Martel
39- Fraser Schell
40- Pauline Fournier
41- Steven Bazinet
42- Raymond Prevost
43- Lorraine Deforge
44- Gertrude Fortin
45- Julie Duval
46- Lionel Lavalley
47- Hugette Dorion
48- Maurice Lahaie
49- Maurice Lahaie
50- Aline Hebert
51- Beth Servant
52- Mike Bigras
53- Hugette Dorion
54- Cassie Vaillant
55- Claude Mayer
56- Karen Quinlan
57- Joan Bazinet
58- Gertrude Fortin
59- Aurore Dubé
60- Justin Pitre
61- Mike Bigras
62- Fraser Schell
63- Nicole Ethier
64- Gaetan Gauthier
65- Wendy Lavalley
66- Jacques Seguin
67- Diane Savoie
68- Keith Lavalley
69- Joseph Hajeck
70- Diane Ouellette
2015  - Winners
 
 Raffle 1st Prize  - Shirley Marcoux
 Raffle 2nd Prize - Gail Steves
 Raffle 3rd Prize - Rick Meilleur
 Raffle 4th Prize - R. Lalonde
50 / 50   -   Andre Bazinet
 
Stub Draw Winners
 
1-  Don Croteau
2-  Don Croteau
3-  Dave Dumont
4-  Raymond Demers
5-  Suzane Lamondin
6-  Jacqueline Beausoleil
7-  Laurent Hebert
8-  Laurent Hebert
9-  Alicia Simon
10- Joan Bazinet
11- Annie Hebert
12- Hollie Fryer
13- Justin Pitre
14- Joseph Hajeck
15- Isabelle Bergeron
16- Paul Schoppmann
17- Keith Lavalley
18- Keith Lavalley
19- Charleen Lavalley
20- Charleen Lavalley
21- Micheline Huff
22- Roger Lahaie
23- Roger Lahaie
24- Keith Lavalley
25- Claude Mayer
26- Roger Lahaie
27- Joan Bazinet
28- Claude Bouffard
29- Aurore Dubé
30- Nicole Ethier
31- Holly Fryer
32- Nicole Ethier
33- Steven Bazinet
34- Joseph Hajeck
35- Raymond Lafortune
36- Louise Lafortune
37- Joseph Hajeck
38- Crystal Martel
39- Fraser Schell
40- Pauline Fournier
41- Steven Bazinet
42- Raymond Prevost
43- Lorraine Deforge
44- Gertrude Fortin
45- Julie Duval
46- Lionel Lavalley
47- Hugette Dorion
48- Maurice Lahaie
49- Maurice Lahaie
50- Aline Hebert
51- Beth Servant
52- Mike Bigras
53- Hugette Dorion
54- Cassie Vaillant
55- Claude Mayer
56- Kar5n Quinlan
57- Joan Bazinet
58- Gertrude Fortin
59- Aurore Dubé
60- Justin Pitre
61- Mike Bigras
62- Fraser Schell
63- Nicole Ethier
64- Gaetan Gauthier
65- Wendy Lavalley
66- Jacques Seguin
67- Diane Savoie
68- Keith Lavalley
69- Joseph Hajeck
70- Diane Ouellette

              NEWSLETTER  -  2015

Newsletter  - 2015

Bonjour, Anii, Hello

French River Métis Tribe's main goal is to keep alive, our sense of identity, our unique culture as well as  the traditional knowledge and values passed on by the elders as a legacy for generations to come.

For those members who have for one reason or other, lost touch with the French River Métis over the past few years, we would like to assure you that we have been hard at work trying to honour the richness of our métis culture through various activities and events.  A meeting will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the seniors hall, back entrance of the St-David church in Noelville.  We will post information as a reminder on email, Facebook and website.

In regards to hunting and fishing, we are hopeful that, in the not to distant future, our rights to these traditional practices will be recognized.  In the meantime, be patient.  It is only by working together as a People that this will be accomplished.

Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.  Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year   ** family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 .**  Check the expiry date on your current card.   Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.  Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.   For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.

This coming year, 2015, is already filling up with various activities.  

The Municipality of French River is organizing various events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain passing through the French River area, as well as the French presence in Ontario and we will  be joining them in their celebration.   We will also be taking part in the “400e Festival Champlain” that will be held on June 13 in Sudbury at Bell Park.  If anyone is interested in joining, helping out or participating in the festivities, please contact us for more information.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

During March Break, our Métis Youth Rep will be attending the “Infinite Reach March Break Camp” - Cultural Youth week in Mattawa.  This 4-day retreat is designed to engage young Métis students to focus on the benefits of college and university education.  Participants will also learn about Métis history, be involved in cultural activities throughout their stay and meet other Métis students from across Ontario.
 The Festival of People will be held at the French River Visitor’s Centre on July 10 & 11.

August 22 will mark our 11th Annual Rendez-Vous.  It would be great if our members, past and present would show their support by joining us.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors, the Municipality of French River, the Blue Creek Band, and most of all,  the volunteers.  Without your help this event would not take place.  Chi Miigwetch !   
             
Some highlights from 2014 and past years ...

On December 13, 2014 , the French River Métis signed a Treaty with The Métis Federation of Canada.  We want to ensure that the heritage and culture lives on for the youth.  It is for this reason that we support the Métis Federation of Canada in their vision, “To unite and represent Métis from all provinces, territories and regions of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”  The French River Métis was the first group to sign a treaty with them in Ontario.  Should you require more information or an application forms to join MFC, please contact us at 705-988-3363.

French River Métis President, Gaetan Gauthier, was honoured to have been invited by the Municipality of French River to perform a “Traditional Smudging Ceremony” at the Council Inauguration meeting on Monday, December 1.  Chi Miigwetch to the municipal council for recognizing that the Métis are very much part of this community.

On August 23, we held our 10th Annual Rendez-Vous.  To those who joined us, Miigwetch...  to those who won great prizes, congratulations... and to those who have not had the chance to join us, you will have to do so this coming August.  Don’t miss out.

We have been instrumental in helping our Métis University and College students in obtaining bursaries.   Congratulations on continuing your education.

Over the years, thanks to the money raised at our Annual Rendez-Vous, the French River Métis has been able to make donations to the following organizations:  Local Xmas Baskets, Youth Summer School, Wolseley Bay Walleye Restocking Project, Minor Hockey, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Society, MS Society, Diabetes Association, Legion - Remembrance Day Wreath, Drum making workshop, Cultural and Traditional workshops, transportation for Elders Luncheon, Festival of People, Legal Fund, Rubber Boots Festival among others.

We partnered with the French River Cultural Industries Council for 2 consecutive years to participate in the week long Cultural Summer Experience for youth between the ages of 6 to 15.  This showcased workshops from the 4-cultures from our area.

As members of the French River Visitors Centre First Nation and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we co-hosted, with Ontario Parks  various events such as the Festival of People, Ceremony at Dead Island,  Elders Luncheon, Water Conferences, Reception for Vince Pawis, The Dave Thompson Brigade, and the canoe ceremony to mention a few.

On July 11 & 12, The Festival of People “Celebrating Bonds between Nations” at the French River Visitors Center.  The Festival of People is a 2-day event celebrating and honouring the Voyageurs and all the people 
         
who traveled the French River.  The gathering combines a Pow Wow with Métis traditional music.  
Members of the French River Métis have been an integral part of the French River Visitors Center First 

Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee since the very beginning.  Our youth also participated in these events, in many different ways, including such duties as fire keeper, flag carriers, helpers, dancers, gathering of medicines and ground preparations. 

We participated in the Ceremony at Dead Island.  Dead Island was on the Georgian Bay/French River travel route for many First Peoples.  Ojibway on the mainland brought their deceased and placed them high up in the trees or under heavy piles of rocks. This is a spiritual and historical ancestral burial area and was reclaimed and put under the protection and watchful eye of the Ontario Parks system.  Should you decide to visit Dead Island, please do so with the utmost respect.
The French River Métis, has donated to the Visitors Center, a birch bark canoe, handmade by member Mike Gauthier and paddles handmade by member Claude Bergeron.  This canoe proudly hangs in the museum alongside the canoe on loan from Leonard Dokis of Dokis First Nation.

We were also part of the welcoming committee for the David Thompson Brigade - a group that traveled by canoe on the French River, the same waterway as the fur traders and explorers.  The Brigade started its travels at Fort William Historic Park in Thunder Bay and made their way to the French River and landed at the French River Station.  

The French River Métis, being part of the FRVCFNAAC, also co-hosted a reception for Vince Pawis, recipient of the Order of Ontario Medal for his work in the community and in particular with the youth. 

In 2012, our Métis youth students took part in the huge production of “l’Écho d’un Peuple” in collaboration with College Boréal.

In past years we have had a drum making workshop, the gathering of medicines,  teaching workshops as well as other cultural and traditional teachings and workshops.  These always include our Métis youth.

This newsletter is just a small portion of all that our committee has taken part of and accomplished over the years.  Please join us, so that we may remain strong people together.  Keep the Métis culture and traditions alive.

Merci     -     Miigwetch     -     Thank Yo

Bonjour, Anii, Hello

French River Métis Tribe's main goal is to keep alive, our sense of identity, our unique culture as well as  the traditional knowledge and values passed on by the elders as a legacy for generations to come.

For those members who have for one reason or other, lost touch with the French River Métis over the past few years, we would like to assure you that we have been hard at work trying to honour the richness of our métis culture through various activities and events.  A meeting will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the seniors hall, back entrance of the St-David church in Noelville.  We will post information as a reminder on email, Facebook and website.

In regards to hunting and fishing, we are hopeful that, in the not to distant future, our rights to these traditional practices will be recognized.  In the meantime, be patient.  It is only by working together as a People that this will be accomplished.

Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.  Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year   ** family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 .**  Check the expiry date on your current card.   Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.  Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.   For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.

This coming year, 2015, is already filling up with various activities.  

The Municipality of French River is organizing various events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain passing through the French River area, as well as the French presence in Ontario and we will  be joining them in their celebration.   We will also be taking part in the “400e Festival Champlain” that will be held on June 13 in Sudbury at Bell Park.  If anyone is interested in joining, helping out or participating in the festivities, please contact us for more information.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

During March Break, our Métis Youth Rep will be attending the “Infinite Reach March Break Camp” - Cultural Youth week in Mattawa.  This 4-day retreat is designed to engage young Métis students to focus on the benefits of college and university education.  Participants will also learn about Métis history, be involved in cultural activities throughout their stay and meet other Métis students from across Ontario.
 The Festival of People will be held at the French River Visitor’s Centre on July 10 & 11.

August 22 will mark our 11th Annual Rendez-Vous.  It would be great if our members, past and present would show their support by joining us.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors, the Municipality of French River, the Blue Creek Band, and most of all,  the volunteers.  Without your help this event would not take place.  Chi Miigwetch !   
             
Some highlights from 2014 and past years ...

On December 13, 2014 , the French River Métis signed a Treaty with The Métis Federation of Canada.  We want to ensure that the heritage and culture lives on for the youth.  It is for this reason that we support the Métis Federation of Canada in their vision, “To unite and represent Métis from all provinces, territories and regions of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”  The French River Métis was the first group to sign a treaty with them in Ontario.  Should you require more information or an application forms to join MFC, please contact us at 705-988-3363.

French River Métis President, Gaetan Gauthier, was honoured to have been invited by the Municipality of French River to perform a “Traditional Smudging Ceremony” at the Council Inauguration meeting on Monday, December 1.  Chi Miigwetch to the municipal council for recognizing that the Métis are very much part of this community.

On August 23, we held our 10th Annual Rendez-Vous.  To those who joined us, Miigwetch...  to those who won great prizes, congratulations... and to those who have not had the chance to join us, you will have to do so this coming August.  Don’t miss out.

We have been instrumental in helping our Métis University and College students in obtaining bursaries.   Congratulations on continuing your education.

Over the years, thanks to the money raised at our Annual Rendez-Vous, the French River Métis has been able to make donations to the following organizations:  Local Xmas Baskets, Youth Summer School, Wolseley Bay Walleye Restocking Project, Minor Hockey, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Society, MS Society, Diabetes Association, Legion - Remembrance Day Wreath, Drum making workshop, Cultural and Traditional workshops, transportation for Elders Luncheon, Festival of People, Legal Fund, Rubber Boots Festival among others.

We partnered with the French River Cultural Industries Council for 2 consecutive years to participate in the week long Cultural Summer Experience for youth between the ages of 6 to 15.  This showcased workshops from the 4-cultures from our area.

As members of the French River Visitors Centre First Nation and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we co-hosted, with Ontario Parks  various events such as the Festival of People, Ceremony at Dead Island,  Elders Luncheon, Water Conferences, Reception for Vince Pawis, The Dave Thompson Brigade, and the canoe ceremony to mention a few.

On July 11 & 12, The Festival of People “Celebrating Bonds between Nations” at the French River Visitors Center.  The Festival of People is a 2-day event celebrating and honouring the Voyageurs and all the people 
         
who traveled the French River.  The gathering combines a Pow Wow with Métis traditional music.  
Members of the French River Métis have been an integral part of the French River Visitors Center First 

Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee since the very beginning.  Our youth also participated in these events, in many different ways, including such duties as fire keeper, flag carriers, helpers, dancers, gathering of medicines and ground preparations. 

We participated in the Ceremony at Dead Island.  Dead Island was on the Georgian Bay/French River travel route for many First Peoples.  Ojibway on the mainland brought their deceased and placed them high up in the trees or under heavy piles of rocks. This is a spiritual and historical ancestral burial area and was reclaimed and put under the protection and watchful eye of the Ontario Parks system.  Should you decide to visit Dead Island, please do so with the utmost respect.
The French River Métis, has donated to the Visitors Center, a birch bark canoe, handmade by member Mike Gauthier and paddles handmade by member Claude Bergeron.  This canoe proudly hangs in the museum alongside the canoe on loan from Leonard Dokis of Dokis First Nation.

We were also part of the welcoming committee for the David Thompson Brigade - a group that traveled by canoe on the French River, the same waterway as the fur traders and explorers.  The Brigade started its travels at Fort William Historic Park in Thunder Bay and made their way to the French River and landed at the French River Station.  

The French River Métis, being part of the FRVCFNAAC, also co-hosted a reception for Vince Pawis, recipient of the Order of Ontario Medal for his work in the community and in particular with the youth. 

In 2012, our Métis youth students took part in the huge production of “l’Écho d’un Peuple” in collaboration with College Boréal.

In past years we have had a drum making workshop, the gathering of medicines,  teaching workshops as well as other cultural and traditional teachings and workshops.  These always include our Métis youth.

This newsletter is just a small portion of all that our committee has taken part of and accomplished over the years.  Please join us, so that we may remain strong people together.  Keep the Métis culture and traditions alive.

Merci     -     Miigwetch     -     Thank You
Bonjour, Anii, Hello

French River Métis Tribe's main goal is to keep alive, our sense of identity, our unique culture as well as  the traditional knowledge and values passed on by the elders as a legacy for generations to come.

For those members who have for one reason or other, lost touch with the French River Métis over the past few years, we would like to assure you that we have been hard at work trying to honour the richness of our métis culture through various activities and events.  A meeting will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the seniors hall, back entrance of the St-David church in Noelville.  We will post information as a reminder on email, Facebook and website.

In regards to hunting and fishing, we are hopeful that, in the not to distant future, our rights to these traditional practices will be recognized.  In the meantime, be patient.  It is only by working together as a People that this will be accomplished.

Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.  Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year   ** family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 .**  Check the expiry date on your current card.   Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.  Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.   For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.

This coming year, 2015, is already filling up with various activities.  

The Municipality of French River is organizing various events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain passing through the French River area, as well as the French presence in Ontario and we will  be joining them in their celebration.   We will also be taking part in the “400e Festival Champlain” that will be held on June 13 in Sudbury at Bell Park.  If anyone is interested in joining, helping out or participating in the festivities, please contact us for more information.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

During March Break, our Métis Youth Rep will be attending the “Infinite Reach March Break Camp” - Cultural Youth week in Mattawa.  This 4-day retreat is designed to engage young Métis students to focus on the benefits of college and university education.  Participants will also learn about Métis history, be involved in cultural activities throughout their stay and meet other Métis students from across Ontario.
 The Festival of People will be held at the French River Visitor’s Centre on July 10 & 11.

August 22 will mark our 11th Annual Rendez-Vous.  It would be great if our members, past and present would show their support by joining us.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors, the Municipality of French River, the Blue Creek Band, and most of all,  the volunteers.  Without your help this event would not take place.  Chi Miigwetch !   
             
Some highlights from 2014 and past years ...

On December 13, 2014 , the French River Métis signed a Treaty with The Métis Federation of Canada.  We want to ensure that the heritage and culture lives on for the youth.  It is for this reason that we support the Métis Federation of Canada in their vision, “To unite and represent Métis from all provinces, territories and regions of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”  The French River Métis was the first group to sign a treaty with them in Ontario.  Should you require more information or an application forms to join MFC, please contact us at 705-988-3363.

French River Métis President, Gaetan Gauthier, was honoured to have been invited by the Municipality of French River to perform a “Traditional Smudging Ceremony” at the Council Inauguration meeting on Monday, December 1.  Chi Miigwetch to the municipal council for recognizing that the Métis are very much part of this community.

On August 23, we held our 10th Annual Rendez-Vous.  To those who joined us, Miigwetch...  to those who won great prizes, congratulations... and to those who have not had the chance to join us, you will have to do so this coming August.  Don’t miss out.

We have been instrumental in helping our Métis University and College students in obtaining bursaries.   Congratulations on continuing your education.

Over the years, thanks to the money raised at our Annual Rendez-Vous, the French River Métis has been able to make donations to the following organizations:  Local Xmas Baskets, Youth Summer School, Wolseley Bay Walleye Restocking Project, Minor Hockey, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Society, MS Society, Diabetes Association, Legion - Remembrance Day Wreath, Drum making workshop, Cultural and Traditional workshops, transportation for Elders Luncheon, Festival of People, Legal Fund, Rubber Boots Festival among others.

We partnered with the French River Cultural Industries Council for 2 consecutive years to participate in the week long Cultural Summer Experience for youth between the ages of 6 to 15.  This showcased workshops from the 4-cultures from our area.

As members of the French River Visitors Centre First Nation and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we co-hosted, with Ontario Parks  various events such as the Festival of People, Ceremony at Dead Island,  Elders Luncheon, Water Conferences, Reception for Vince Pawis, The Dave Thompson Brigade, and the canoe ceremony to mention a few.

On July 11 & 12, The Festival of People “Celebrating Bonds between Nations” at the French River Visitors Center.  The Festival of People is a 2-day event celebrating and honouring the Voyageurs and all the people 
         
who traveled the French River.  The gathering combines a Pow Wow with Métis traditional music.  
Members of the French River Métis have been an integral part of the French River Visitors Center First 

Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee since the very beginning.  Our youth also participated in these events, in many different ways, including such duties as fire keeper, flag carriers, helpers, dancers, gathering of medicines and ground preparations. 

We participated in the Ceremony at Dead Island.  Dead Island was on the Georgian Bay/French River travel route for many First Peoples.  Ojibway on the mainland brought their deceased and placed them high up in the trees or under heavy piles of rocks. This is a spiritual and historical ancestral burial area and was reclaimed and put under the protection and watchful eye of the Ontario Parks system.  Should you decide to visit Dead Island, please do so with the utmost respect.
The French River Métis, has donated to the Visitors Center, a birch bark canoe, handmade by member Mike Gauthier and paddles handmade by member Claude Bergeron.  This canoe proudly hangs in the museum alongside the canoe on loan from Leonard Dokis of Dokis First Nation.

We were also part of the welcoming committee for the David Thompson Brigade - a group that traveled by canoe on the French River, the same waterway as the fur traders and explorers.  The Brigade started its travels at Fort William Historic Park in Thunder Bay and made their way to the French River and landed at the French River Station.  

The French River Métis, being part of the FRVCFNAAC, also co-hosted a reception for Vince Pawis, recipient of the Order of Ontario Medal for his work in the community and in particular with the youth. 

In 2012, our Métis youth students took part in the huge production of “l’Écho d’un Peuple” in collaboration with College Boréal.

In past years we have had a drum making workshop, the gathering of medicines,  teaching workshops as well as other cultural and traditional teachings and workshops.  These always include our Métis youth.

This newsletter is just a small portion of all that our committee has taken part of and accomplished over the years.  Please join us, so that we may remain strong people together.  Keep the Métis culture and traditions alive.

Merci     -     Miigwetch     -     Thank You
 
 Bonjour, Anii, Hello
 
French River Métis Tribe's main goal is to keep alive, our sense of identity, our unique culture as well as  the traditional knowledge and values passed on by the elders as a legacy for generations to come.
 
For those members who have for one reason or other, lost touch with the French River Métis over the past few years, we would like to assure you that we have been hard at work trying to honour the richness of our métis culture through various activities and events.  A meeting will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the seniors hall, back entrance of the St-David church in Noelville.  We will post information as a reminder on email, Facebook and website.
 
In regards to hunting and fishing, we are hopeful that, in the not to distant future, our rights to these traditional practices will be recognized.  In the meantime, be patient.  It is only by working together as a People that this will be accomplished.
 
Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.  Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year   ** family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 .**  Check the expiry date on your current card.   Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.  Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.   For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.
 
This coming year, 2015, is already filling up with various activities.
 
The Municipality of French River is organizing various events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain passing through the French River area, as well as the French presence in Ontario and we will  be joining them in their celebration.   We will also be taking part in the “400e Festival Champlain” that will be held on June 13 in Sudbury at Bell Park.  If anyone is interested in joining, helping out or participating in the festivities, please contact us for more information.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
 
During March Break, our Métis Youth Rep will be attending the “Infinite Reach March Break Camp” - Cultural Youth week in Mattawa.  This 4-day retreat is designed to engage young Métis students to focus on the benefits of college and university education.  Participants will also learn about Métis history, be involved in cultural activities throughout their stay and meet other Métis students from across Ontario.
 
The Festival of People will be held at the French River Visitor’s Centre on July 10 & 11.
Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.  Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year   ** family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 .**  Check the expiry date on your current card.   Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.  Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.   For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.
This coming year, 2015, is already filling up with various activities.  
The Municipality of French River is organizing various events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain passing through the French River area, as well as the French presence in Ontario and we will  be joining them in their celebration.   We will also be taking part in the “400e Festival Champlain” that will be held on June 13 in Sudbury at Bell Park.  If anyone is interested in joining, helping out or participating in the festivities, please contact us for more information.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 
During March Break, our Métis Youth Rep will be attending the “Infinite Reach March Break Camp” - Cultural Youth week in Mattawa.  This 4-day retreat is designed to engage young Métis students to focus on the benefits of college and university education.  Participants will also learn about Métis history, be involved in cultural activities throughout their stay and meet other Métis students from across Ontario.
The Festival of People will be held at the French River Visitor’s Centre on July 10 & 11.
August 22 will mark our 11th Annual Rendez-Vous.  It would be great if our members, past and present would show their support by joining us.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors, the Municipality of French River, the Blue Creek Band, and most of all,  the volunteers.  Without your help this event would not take place.  Chi Miigwetch !          
Some highlights from 2014 and past years ...
On December 13, 2014 , the French River Métis signed a Treaty with The Métis Federation of Canada.  We want to ensure that the heritage and culture lives on for the youth.  It is for this reason that we support the Métis Federation of Canada in their vision, “To unite and represent Métis from all provinces, territories and regions of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”  The French River Métis was the first group to sign a treaty with them in Ontario.  Should you require more information or an application forms to join MFC, please contact us at 705-988-3363.
French River Métis President, Gaetan Gauthier, was honoured to have been invited by the Municipality of French River to perform a “Traditional Smudging Ceremony” at the Council Inauguration meeting on Monday, December 1.  Chi Miigwetch to the municipal council for recognizing that the Métis are very much part of this community.
On August 23, we held our 10th Annual Rendez-Vous.  To those who joined us, Miigwetch...  to those who won great prizes, congratulations... and to those who have not had the chance to join us, you will have to do so this coming August.  Don’t miss out.
We have been instrumental in helping our Métis University and College students in obtaining bursaries.   Congratulations on continuing your education.
Over the years, thanks to the money raised at our Annual Rendez-Vous, the French River Métis has been able to make donations to the following organizations:  Local Xmas Baskets, Youth Summer School, Wolseley Bay Walleye Restocking Project, Minor Hockey, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Society, MS Society, Diabetes Association, Legion - Remembrance Day Wreath, Drum making workshop, Cultural and Traditional workshops, transportation for Elders Luncheon, Festival of People, Legal Fund, Rubber Boots Festival among others.
We partnered with the French River Cultural Industries Council for 2 consecutive years to participate in the week long Cultural Summer Experience for youth between the ages of 6 to 15.  This showcased workshops from the 4-cultures from our area.
As members of the French River Visitors Centre First Nation and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we co-hosted, with Ontario Parks  various events such as the Festival of People, Ceremony at Dead Island,  Elders Luncheon, Water Conferences, Reception for Vince Pawis, The Dave Thompson Brigade, and the canoe ceremony to mention a few.
On July 11 & 12, The Festival of People “Celebrating Bonds between Nations” at the French River Visitors Center.  The Festival of People is a 2-day event celebrating and honouring the Voyageurs and all the people .who traveled the French River.  The gathering combines a Pow Wow with Métis traditional music.  
Members of the French River Métis have been an integral part of the French River Visitors Center First 
Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee since the very beginning.  Our youth also participated in these events, in many different ways, including such duties as fire keeper, flag carriers, helpers, dancers, gathering of medicines and ground preparations. 
We participated in the Ceremony at Dead Island.  Dead Island was on the Georgian Bay/French River travel route for many First Peoples.  Ojibway on the mainland brought their deceased and placed them high up in the trees or under heavy piles of rocks. This is a spiritual and historical ancestral burial area and was reclaimed and put under the protection and watchful eye of the Ontario Parks system.  Should you decide to visit Dead Island, please do so with the utmost respect.
The French River Métis, has donated to the Visitors Center, a birch bark canoe, handmade by member Mike Gauthier and paddles handmade by member Claude Bergeron.  This canoe proudly hangs in the museum alongside the canoe on loan from Leonard Dokis of Dokis First Nation.
We were also part of the welcoming committee for the David Thompson Brigade - a group that traveled by canoe on the French River, the same waterway as the fur traders and explorers.  The Brigade started its travels at Fort William Historic Park in Thunder Bay and made their way to the French River and landed at the French River Station.  
The French River Métis, being part of the FRVCFNAAC, also co-hosted a reception for Vince Pawis, recipient of the Order of Ontario Medal for his work in the community and in particular with the youth. 
In 2012, our Métis youth students took part in the huge production of “l’Écho d’un Peuple” in collaboration with College Boréal.
In past years we have had a drum making workshop, the gathering of medicines,  teaching workshops as well as other cultural and traditional teachings and workshops.  These always include our Métis youth.
This newsletter is just a small portion of all that our committee has taken part of and accomplished over the years.  Please join us, so that we may remain strong people together.  Keep the Métis culture and traditions alive.
Merci     -     Miigwetch     -     Thank You


In regards to hunting and fishing, we are hopeful that, in the not to distant future, our rights to these traditional practices will be recognized.  In the meantime, be patient.  It is only by working together as a People that this will be accomplished.
August 22 will mark our 11th Annual Rendez-Vous.  It would be great if our members, past and present would show their support by joining us.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors, the Municipality of French River, the Blue Creek Band, and most of all, the volunteers.  Without your help this event would not take place.  Chi Miigwetch !
 
Some highlights from 2014 and past years ...
 
On December 13, 2014 , the French River Métis signed a Treaty with The Métis Federation of Canada.  We want to ensure that the heritage and culture lives on for the youth.  It is for this reason that we support the Métis Federation of Canada in their vision, “To unite and represent Métis from all provinces, territories and regions of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”  The French River Métis was the first group to sign a treaty with them in Ontario.  Should you require more information or an application forms to join MFC, please contact us at 705-988-3363.
 
French River Métis President, Gaetan Gauthier, was honoured to have been invited by the Municipality of French River to perform a “Traditional Smudging Ceremony” at the Council Inauguration meeting on Monday, December 1.  Chi Miigwetch to the municipal council for recognizing that the Métis are very much part of this community.
 
On August 23, we held our 10th Annual Rendez-Vous.  To those who joined us, Miigwetch...  to those who won great prizes, congratulations... and to those who have not had the chance to join us, you will have to do so this coming August.  Don’t miss out.
 
We have been instrumental in helping our Métis University and College students in obtaining bursaries.   Congratulations on continuing your education.
 
Over the years, thanks to the money raised at our Annual Rendez-Vous, the French River Métis has been able to make donations to the following organizations:  Local Xmas Baskets, Youth Summer School, Wolseley Bay Walleye Restocking Project, Minor Hockey, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Society, MS Society, Diabetes Association, Legion - Remembrance Day Wreath, Drum making workshop, Cultural and Traditional workshops, transportation for Elders Luncheon, Festival of People, Legal Fund, Rubber Boots Festival among others.
 
We partnered with the French River Cultural Industries Council for 2 consecutive years to participate in the week long Cultural Summer Experience for youth between the ages of 6 to 15. This showcased workshops from the 4-cultures from our area.
 
As members of the French River Visitors Centre First Nation and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we co-hosted, with Ontario Parks  various events such as the Festival of People, Ceremony at Dead Island,  Elders Luncheon, Water Conferences, Reception for Vince Pawis, The Dave Thompson Brigade, and the canoe ceremony to mention a few.
 
On July 11 & 12, The Festival of People “Celebrating Bonds between Nations” at the French River Visitors Center.  The Festival of People is a 2-day event celebrating and honouring the Voyageurs and all the people who traveled the French River.  The gathering combines a Pow Wow with Métis traditional music.  
 
 Members of the French River Métis have been an integral part of the French River Visitors Center First Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee since the very beginning.  Our youth also participated in these events, in many different ways, including such duties as fire keeper, flag carriers, helpers, dancers, gathering of medicines and ground preparations.
 
We participated in the Ceremony at Dead Island.  Dead Island was on the Georgian Bay/French River travel route for many First Peoples.  Ojibway on the mainland brought their deceased and placed them high up in the trees or under heavy piles of rocks. This is a spiritual and historical ancestral burial area and was reclaimed and put under the protection and watchful eye of the Ontario Parks system.  Should you decide to visit Dead Island, please do so with the utmost respect.
 
The French River Métis, has donated to the Visitors Center, a birch bark canoe, handmade by member Mike Gauthier and paddles handmade by member Claude Bergeron.  This canoe proudly hangs in the museum alongside the canoe on loan from Leonard Dokis of Dokis First Nation.
 
We were also part of the welcoming committee for the David Thompson Brigade - a group that traveled by canoe on the French River, the same waterway as the fur traders and explorers.  The Brigade started its travels at Fort William Historic Park in Thunder Bay and made their way to the French River and landed at the French River Station.
 
The French River Métis, being part of the FRVCFNAAC, also co-hosted a reception for Vince Pawis, recipient of the Order of Ontario Medal for his work in the community and in particular with the youth.
 
In 2012, our Métis youth students took part in the huge production of “l’Écho d’un Peuple” in collaboration with College Boréal.
 
In past years we have had a drum making workshop, the gathering of medicines,  teaching workshops as well as other cultural and traditional teachings and workshops.  These always include our Métis youth.
 
This newsletter is just a small portion of all that our committee has taken part of and accomplished over the years.  Please join us, so that we may remain strong people together.
Keep the Métis culture and traditions alive.
 
 Merci     -     Miigwetch     -     Thank You

        MEETING  -  Sunday, March 29, 2015

A meeting will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the seniors hall, back entrance of the St-David church in Noelville.

Everyone welcome !

We will be accepting membership payments !

( cash or cheques accepted )

Will have sashes, hats and t-shirts for sale. 

 

Membership Cards


Memberships due by March 31, 2015 at a cost of $10.00 per year.

 

Those interested in paying for more than one year at a time, are welcome to do so.  

Family of 3 - $25.00 per year.....  

Family of 4 or more  - $30.00 per year  

* family = 2 adults & children or 1 adult & 2 children up to and including the age of 18 *

 

 Check the expiry date on your current card.  
Make cheque payable to: “French River Métis” and include completed form provided for each new member or for updated contact information.
 
 Send to French River Métis, P.O. Box 1344, Noelville, On   P0M 2N0.  
For new memberships or updated info, call Joan at 705-988-3363.