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

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:

  • Marcella Sunshine, VYPER Team Leader, whose creativity, passion and amazing energy brought the vision of VYPER Métis Night to life, creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

  • The dedicated and tireless staff members of the SD #34 Indigenous department at Mamele’awt Indigenous Education Centre.

  • Pixie Wells, President of the Fraser Valley Métis Association, whose unwavering dedication and leadership were pivotal in organizing this memorable event.

  • Métis Nation BC’s Ministry of Education for being part of and supporting this event.

  • Métis dancers Fergus Dalton and Nadine Kitchekeesik delighted attendees with their energetic presence, providing not only fun jigging lessons but also entertaining performances that left everyone in high spirits.

  • A big shout-out goes to our special guest jigging judge Lisa Shepherd, whose expertise and infectious energy added an extra layer of excitement to the event!

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.