Back To Batoche Draws Hundreds

Friday, July 20, 2007 at 13:44



Hundreds of Metis are on hand for the first full day of Back To Batoche celebrations.


Rain fell this morning, but that didn’t appear to dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance.


Campers and RVs continue to arrive as Metis from across the country file in to the site to watch the jigging, fiddling and dancing, and to sample the traditional food.


Organizers say they are pleased with this year’s turnout, and note people have come from every province with Metis.


It’s a scaled-down affair this year because the organizing committee wasn’t struck until after the recent Metis Nation of Saskatchewan election.


Saskatoon resident Shirley Isbister says last night’s opening ceremony was emotional, adding she was moved by the spirit of solidarity that hasn’t been experienced in recent years and the inclusion of Metis veterans.


Organizers say their main concern now is the weather, and they hope the conditions don’t get too hot over the weekend.