Metis radio is now on the air.TORONTO
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Louis Riel (October 22, 1844 – November 16, 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. once said, "Our people will sleep for 100 years, and when they awaken, it will be the artists who bring their spirits back." For Tony Belcourt Tony Belcourt (born 1943 in Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta) is a Métis First Nations leader in Canada.
In 1971, he became the first leader of the Native Council of Canada, which is today the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. , the president of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the chair of the MNO Cultural Commission, this is exactly what's happening.
"It's gratifying to see how Riel's prophecy has been unfolding. On March 10, with a gala Metis jamboree to celebrate the global launch of www.metisradio.fm, we will have the opportunity to see just how profound Riel's prediction turned out to be," wrote Belcourt in a recent statement announcing the launch of a new Metis radio station.
The web-based station is the first of its kind. On March 10, it went live on the Internet at a gala event at The Berkeley Church in downtown Toronto. Tantoo Cardinal and Ray St. Germain Ray St. Germain (born in the St. Vital area of Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a musician, author, and radio show host. He was the 2006 federal Liberal candidate for the Winnipeg Centre constituency.
St. hosted the Aboriginal star-filled event, which included performances by John Landry, winner of the Canadian Country Music Association's Independent Male Artist of the Year Award, Metis fiddle legend John Arcand, and Clint Dutiaume, winner of the first Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Fiddle Album: Willie Dunn, Likewater, Krystle Pederson, Maria Campbell, and the Turtle Mountain Turtle Mountain may refer to:
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Landry was especially proud of participating in the launch of the radio station.
"I am honoured that Mr. Belcourt, the president of the Metis Nation of Ontario, would select me to participate in this historical event. The launch of metisradio.fm will help continue to solidify this generation as well as those generations to come. Through the form of the arts, so amply shown in the talent of our country, this launch will educate both non--Aboriginal, Metis and Aboriginal people of the solid traditions, beliefs and culture they have carried on for centuries. This is truly a positive step, which I am honoured to be a part of," said Landry in a press release issued before the event.
Nicolas Vrooman, a Metis folklorist and historian, also made a presentation at the gala. He provided the radio station with his large collection of interviews and music recordings done with Metis Elders from the Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota. The Elders were in their 80s and 90s when recordings were made in 1985 and they tell 500 year-old stories in conjunction with songs sung in the Mechif language.
"People who tune in will, for the first time, be able to see the wonderful history and culture of the Metis people unfold through our music and the stories that go with them," Belcourt said.
The Metis Internet radio station exists thanks to the countless hours of effort by volunteers over the last two years.
Listeners will not be able to download music off the site as all programs are streamlined and pre-recorded. The MNO does hope to eventually have someone sitting in a booth doing live shows, but for now getting the word out about the station is its priority, said Katelin Peltier, a communications officer with the MNO.
By DEIRDRE TOMBS