Back to Batoche Days returning this weekend

Back to Batoche Days is celebrating its 49th year.

The four-day event south of Prince Albert features Metis traditional activities, sporting events and entertainment.

The Metis Nation Minister of Batoche says remembering the historical and cultural significance that brings Metis people together from across Western Canada is a happy and emotional experience.

Sherry McLellan feels overwhelmed watching her people take pride in their heritage at the site of the May 1885 Battle of Batoche.

McLellan says she can envision Metis and First Nations supporters led by Louis Riel fighting for their culture whenever she returns to the site.

The opening ceremonies on Friday morning include several announcements.

In addition to Memorandum of Understanding’s with the RCMP and the Ile-a-la-Crosse Boarding school, details of a Post-Secondary agreement will also be unveiled.

Government and Metis officials will also talk about first-time home buyers and renovation programs for Metis citizens.

Back to Batoche Days continues until Sunday.


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