Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

July 22, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Joins in the Back to Batoche Celebrations to Pay Tribute to Metis Ancestors, Culture and History

BATOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 22, 2011) - Mr. Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, attended the Back to Batoche Days in Batoche, Saskatchewan, today on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

"It is a great pleasure to be here at the historical site of Batoche to celebrate, but more importantly, acknowledge Métis ancestors, culture and history," said Mr. Komarnicki. "It is through the dedication and determination of Métis leaders, both past and present, that the proud Métis history will continue to be celebrated and shared among all Canadians."

The Government of Canada works in partnership with the Métis National Council and their provincial affiliates to address key priorities set out in the Métis Nation Protocol, such as the acknowledgement of the contributions of Métis veterans, increasing Métis participation in the Canadian economy, and strengthening Métis governance and accountability."

Back to Batoche commemorates the culture, traditions, and heritage of Métis people. This celebration has been held every year for over 40 years and continues to be enjoyed by Métis people across North America.

For more information visit http://www.backtobatoche.org

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
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