Gift Lake cancels Culture Days dinner

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Culture Days festivities planned for Sept. 29 in Gift Lake Metis Settlement have been called off.

“We cancelled it because we are taking some members to a Metis celebration in Edmonton,” settlement administrator Tammy Anderson says.

Gift Lake was approved for $3,000 as one of 14 celebration sites in northern Alberta by Alberta Culture and Tourism. Events were scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at all selected sites.

“We will return the funding,” Anderson says.

Gift Lake was also approved for $2,500 grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, an arm of the Alberta Culture Days funding stream, which has been declined by Gift Lake.

“We have updated them on our plans and therefore they will not be sending the grant money,” Anderson says.

“We decided to cancel all planned events for Gift Lake’s Culture Days because we will be attending the National Indigenous Cultural Expo on the same weekend,” Anderson says.

“This is likely the first ever national event in which all nations gather and in which the Metis Settlements had an integral part in the planning of the Metis events and showcases.”

Gift Lake received a donation from Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. to take any members who would be interested in attending.

“We are able to take Elders, adults and youth.”

Gift Lake thanks Kapown Centre in Grouard for renting its coach bus and driver to Gift Lake.

A traditional supper was planned for Sept. 29 at the Gift Lake Community Hall, followed by colourful dancers, jiggers and fiddlers. Some children were also ready to dance and show what they have learned.

Gift Lake received $4,500 funding for Culture Days in 2015 when they hosted Mahchachawysisk Days to celebrate Indigenous culture on the shores of Gift Lake.


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