Recent MNS Election Hinders Batoche Days Planning

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 14:37



Rebuilding the crowd attending the Metis celebrations at the annual Back to Batoche Days is the number one goal of the organizers this year.


Organizing committee spokesman Bob McLeod says with such short notice to host the event, a lot of big events were left out during planning sessions.


The committee was struck after the MNS election in late June.


McLeod says although they are missing a few of the main draws to the event — including the softball tournament and the chuckwagon and rodeo events — he is expecting a large turnout for this year’s Batoche Days, which kick off tomorrow evening.


McLeod says spectators will still get to see the traditional fiddling and dancing competitions, as well as the voyageur games on Saturday.


He says a number of Metis leaders will also be in attendance — including newly elected MNS President Robert Doucette and Metis National Council leader Clem Chartier.