I would like to thank the Grand River Métis Community Council for organizing the event. Cora Bunn, President of the Grand River Metis Community Council, was in attendance along with members of the local Métis community.
They presented me with a Métis sash which is worn around the waist by men and across the shoulder by women. It can also be worn as a scarf. It has many uses. It can serve as a key holder, first aid kit, washcloth, towel and as an emergency bridle and saddle blanket. Today the sash is an integral part of Métis cultural celebrations. It is very colourful and the colours have symbolic significance.
Blue is the colour of the National Métis flag. It also symbolizes the depth of their spirits. Red symbolizes the blood that was shed by the Métis people fighting for their rights. It also symbolizes one half of the traditional colour of the Métis people. Black symbolizes the dark period after 1870 in which the Métis Nation had to endure dispossession and suppression at the hands of the Canadian government. Green symbolizes fertility, growth and prosperity for the Métis Nation. White symbolizes their connection to the earth and to their Creator. It also symbolizes the other half of the traditional colour of their people. And finally yellow symbolizes the sun and prosperity.
On my left is Cora Bunn, President of the Grand River Métis Council
On my right is Carol Lévis, Treasurer of Grand River Métis Council