Archive for March, 2024

VYPER’s Metis Night Celebrates Indigenous Culture with Resounding Success!

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On March 13, 2024, the Indigenous community came together in a vibrant celebration of culture, heritage, and solidarity at the Métis Night event, hosted by Visionary Youth Peers for Equity and Revitalisation (VYPER)


The event, held at the Mamele’awt Indigenous Education Centre (Abbotsford) brought attendees from diverse backgrounds to honour and commemorate the rich traditions of the Métis people.

Attendees were treated to FVMA’s fun Le Cheuyer (Music Spoon) Workshop learning what Métis music spoons are, and their cultural significance and taught the fundamentals of playing simple tunes and given the chance to personalize their gifted spoons through decoration.

The rest of the evening was filled with an array of captivating performances, including traditional music, dance, storytelling, and savory delights of Sto:lo Catering.

FVMA joyously welcomed two promising new Youth members into the community, extending heartfelt invitations through a meaningful Métis Sashing Ceremony.

Participants were treated to lively Métis jigging lessons, followed by an uproarious jigging contest open to Everyone, spiced up with a surprise appearance by the one and only JIGGIN CHICKEN!!

The FVMA Fiddleheads’ performance at the event was nothing short of inspiring and they showcased the power of courage, dedication and the beauty of artistic expression. If you’re interested in learning how to Fiddle, get your name on the waitlist HERE

We would like to thank the following people who were instrumental in orchestrating the success of VYPER’s Métis Night who deserve heartfelt recognition. The Fraser Valley Métis Association extends its sincerest gratitude to:

VYPER’s Métis Night not only provided a platform for the Indigenous community to showcase its vibrant culture but also served as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating Métis heritage. As the event drew to a close, attendees all pitched in to make light work for a quick clean up.

FVMA looks forward to future opportunities to continue fostering understanding, appreciation, and celebration of Indigenous cultures within the community.


Economic Reconciliation: Fraser Valley Métis Association Celebrates Indigenous Art and Culture with Artisan Markets

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The Fraser Valley Métis Association is excited to support and foster economic reconciliation through their First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Artisan Markets!

These markets are a vibrant celebration of Indigenous artistry and culture, providing a platform for talented artisans to showcase their work.

Indigenous communities have a rich history of creativity and resilience, but colonization and assimilation have left lasting scars. Now, initiatives like the Artisan Markets aim to revive and celebrate Indigenous traditions, supporting economic reconciliation in the process.

In Canada, reconciliation means acknowledging past wrongs and building meaningful relationships based on respect and partnership. Economic reconciliation, a vital part of this journey, seeks to address economic disparities faced by Indigenous peoples. The Artisan Markets contribute to this by empowering Indigenous artisans and promoting sustainable prosperity.

Join us in celebrating Indigenous art and culture at the Artisan Markets, where creativity meets community and reconciliation takes ROOT.

Together, we can build a brighter future that honors and uplifts Indigenous voices.

For more information: FVMA First Nation, Inuit, and Metis Artisan Markets