Métis Day celebration attracts hundreds to Island Park

Fiddler Kelsey McLennan (Eddie Sharp playing guitar behind her) cranked up the fun when she challenged the young dancers to jig as fast as she could play. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo

The second annual Métis Day celebration Sunday filled Island Park with the sound of fiddle music and laughter — an infectious combination.

Throughout the day live music was featured on the Island’s main stage where a temporary dance floor came to life as the Nash boys danced the Red River Jig.

Children filled the dance floor to the delight of the hundreds of Métis who came out to celebrate their culture.

Melissa, St. Goddard, Johnny Dietrich, Eddie Sharp, Bob Fleury, Ken Wettlauffer, Terry Human and Kelsey McLennan were some of the performers

who kept the live music flowing.

The MMF Mobile Office was on tour this weekend. It was in Brandon on Saturday, Portage la Prairie on Sunday and in St. Lazare on Monday assisting with citizenship needs.

Portage la Prairie Mayor Irvine Ferris and perform Johnny Dietrich take in the festivities while enjoying a “Gotta Have That Lemonade” refreshment. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo
Face painting was one of the many attractions for kids at Métis Days on Sunday. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo


Portage MLA Ian Wishart met with friends and acquaintances at Metis Days. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo
Manitoba Métis Federation Minister Will Goodon catches up on messages Sunday during a break at the annual Métis celebration on Island Park. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo
The temporary dance floor in front of the Ukrainian stage was definitely a highlight for children taking in Métis Days. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo

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