Beading Workshops with Nathalie Bertin
Several of the Women’s Circle and their friends joined together on a summer afternoon to enjoy beading creations with Nathalie Bertin. Nathalie is an accomplished Metis artist. She shared her life stories with us as she taught our women about the history and art of traditional Metis beading. Please view Nathalieâ€™s original works at: www.nathaliebertin.com
Horse Spirit & Young Men 2012
During the 2012/13 winter/spring semester at Sir John A Macdonald High School, the Metis Women’s Circle offered young Aboriginal men the opportunity to earn high school credits through experiencing equine assisted learning.
Students were made familiar with the historical relationship between Aboriginals and horses. The spirit of the horse was experienced in a country setting under the supervision of a certified equine assisted learning instructor. Students worked with horses both individually and in small group work where they learned acceptance and respect, teamwork, and handling skills.
Exercises were designed to teach students those skills to apply in personal situations addressing self-esteem, counter bullying techniques, peer pressure, and dealing with anger. Aboriginal culture carriers augmented the program by introducing land teachings and their personal working experiences centred on horse culture.
Sister to Sister Young Women Gathering II
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Pamela Palmater, Dr. Robin Bourgeois
The Métis Women’s Circle again hosted this special assembly to address contemporary issues faced by high school female students. This project was funded by Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Women’s Programming.
Trout Lilies & Spring Peepers
Capturing Elders’ Eco Stories – Whatever happened to the natural fields and river streams where you played as a child? Ever wonder about those old-fashioned flowers and herbs your grandmother grew? Will your grandchildren get to enjoy the same wonderment of wide open spaces and all the species hiding there?
The Metis Women’s Circle compiled memories of the landscape in story form, poetry, photography, painting and drawing in order to share our “eco” stories, those cherished memories of youth. A number of Aboriginal older persons joined us in this endeavour through small workshops, gathering walks, visits to botanical centres and story sharing. Project funded by New Horizons For Seniors. The finished booklet is available through our Metis Market (donations gratefully accepted).