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Huntsville students learn about Métis way of life – MNO

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2018167 Views

Three grade school classes in Huntsville learned about Métis traditions and way of life during recent visits by Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Senator Verna Porter-Brunelle and her husband Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Victor Brunelle.

On May 18, the pair travelled to the classrooms of two of their grandchildren. Their first stop was at Madame Elaine Christenson’s Grade 4 class at Huntsville Public School. There they and their grandson, Owen Porter, gave a presentation to the students.

With beads, a fiddle, furs and more on display, they also explained what the Métis used to cook with, how they made fires and travelled by canoe. Owen spoke about his sash and how proud he is to wear it. The students also enjoyed some bannock and maple syrup

Senator Brunelle and her husband repeated the presentation for Madame Janice Roy and Lisa Mcilmoyle’s Grade 2 students at Riverside Public School. Senator Porter-Brunelle and Brunelle’s granddaughter Shelby Porter also provided a jigging demonstration and wore her sash proudly.

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