City of Weyburn has Metis Nation flag-raising

A flag-raising ceremony for the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan was held at City Hall on Sept. 3.

The gathered group for the ceremony included Souris-Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen; Marg Friesen, health minister for the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; minister Cherian Poonoose; Mayor Marcel Roy; Trisha Racette, vice-president of Local 87, Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; Police Chief Marlo Pritchard, Glen McCallum, president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan; RCMP Sgt. Bryan Neilmeyer, and Don Lafoy, president of Local 87 of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.

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Weyburn is the first municipality in the province to hold the flag-raising and proclamation.

Lafoy said he was “extremely pleased” with the group of around 25-30 people who came out for the flag-raising ceremony, held in conjunction with the proclamation made by Mayor Roy at the August city council meeting.

The Weyburn local will have a display table at the City of Weyburn’s Cultural Days event set for the end of September. Lafoy said the display will include several books, CDs and DVDs for people to have a look at, and they can place an order if they would like to buy any.

Since the Weyburn local has been more active in the last while, some former members have started to come back to be involved also, and he took heart that the turnout at the flag-raising was a good sign of things to come.

Lafoy said Mayor Roy was a big help to them, as the mayor suggested doing something like this through City Hall to raise awareness of the Metis local’s activities in Weyburn.