Funding for Grand River Community Métis Council
KITCHENER The Grand River Community Métis Council is a relatively new council in Ontario facing challenges in bringing cultural and traditional knowledge to the youth of the community. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced funding for this not-for-profit group to assist them in overcoming these challenges.
“Like every ethnic group, it is important for their cultural heritage to be passed from one generation to the next, otherwise it will be lost forever,” said MP Woodworth. “I am pleased that our government places such a high value on preserving the traditions and culture of all Canadians.”
In the past members of the Métis Council have had to travel quite far and extensively to learn about their culture and traditions. This grant will allow them to bring teachers in to teach workshops and bring this knowledge to the young people of the community.
“It is certain, with this funding, to be the beginning of many projects in the future. It will be the beginning journey of the youth to pass down the knowledge,” said Barbara Rusk, President of the Council. “As the ever mobile Métis, we learned to adapt to the areas we were situated in. Unfortunately, that has led to many traditions being lost. We would like to see our youth learn more life skills, patience, compassion and understanding for their community. Through the workshops we hope they will gain awareness about who the Métis people are and the role they will be playing in where the Métis go in the future.”