The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan took time to celebrate on Wednesday.

The MN-S held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the day to announce the grand opening of the Dumont Lodge.

The $8 million lodge has been under construction for nearly two years now and was built on the Batoche grounds.

The facility will aim to be a place for Metis people to reconnect with their culture.

“Every inch of Dumont Lodge speaks of Métis identity, culture, values and language to me,” said MN–S President Glen McCallum in a media release about the grand opening. “This building represents where we as Métis people have come from, and the involvement of our youth is proof that we are heading in the right direction.”

The lodge officially opens just weeks before the Back to Batoche festival begins later this month.

(Photo provided by the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan)