Venue change for Métis gathering in Pitt Meadows

Golden Ears Métis Society board says turnout for event in Pitt Meadows larger than expected

Métis beadwork done by Maple Ridge artist Lisa Shepherd.

Métis beadwork done by Maple Ridge artist Lisa Shepherd.

The Golden Ears Métis Society is already meeting its mission to connect Métis people together and  explore and celebrate Métis culture.

The newly registered society had hoped for a turnout of a dozen interested people at its first gathering in November, but was pleasantly surprised by more than 40.

“The large turn-out at our first gathering indicates a significant interest among local Métis citizens to connect with each other” says board director Kelly Swift.

“Golden Ears Métis Society will help to create these opportunities.”

Many people at the November gathering expressed a desire to simply meet other Métis people so that they can share stories and learn more about their heritage.

Next week, the society will be hosting Dr. Peter Hutchinson, who works with the Métis Nation B.C. and the Métis Health Surveillance program to support a healthy Métis community.

Hutchinson will present interesting facts on Métis health and will talk about the Métis Health Surveillance program and how Métis people in B.C. can help to improve knowledge about, and ultimately services to support Métis health.

A meet and greet and community fellowship will follow Dr. Hutchinson’s presentation.

• The Golden Ears Métis Society will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Senior’s Lounge at the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre, 12027 Harris Road.

To learn more about the society, email goldenearsmetis@gmail.com.