A Lively Celebration of Metis Culture at Museum of Surrey
Museum of Surrey partnered with the North Fraser Métis Association to offer Métis – Children of the Fur Trade, a free family-friendly event that attracted over 900 visitors to the museum on April 23.
Surrey, BC – Museum of Surrey partnered with the North Fraser Métis Association to offer Métis – Children of the Fur Trade, a free family-friendly event that attracted over 900 visitors to the museum on April 23. The celebration provided a unique opportunity for families to learn about current and historical Métis traditions, complete with live performances, speakers and makers from throughout the Métis community in B.C.
“From dancing, jigging and fiddling to great presentations on carving, leather tanning and living off the land, there was something for everyone to enjoy,” said Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery.
The North Fraser Métis Association is a Métis chartered community that is represented by, and works closely with, Métis Nation BC to provide services in Surrey. Community partners also included Métis Nation BC and Waceya Métis Society (Langley).
“Museum of Surrey is a space to tell your story,” said Saffery, referring to the ongoing cultural events hosted on-site. “We are always open to talking about how your community can be part of the museum. MOS is your museum, and your stories are important and integral to fostering a deeper understanding of each other and community bonding.”
On Saturday, May 7, the museum hosts Cantonese Opera Extravaganza, another free family-friendly event and community partnership that runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon learning about Cantonese opera and experience the costumes, props, and a live performance of The Flower Princess theme song. Performers will be onsite from 11 a.m. onward applying their makeup. Watch the process and tour the museum before the festivities begin at 1 p.m.
Museum of Surrey is located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey. For more information, visit surrey.ca/museum.