Métis youth have fun and form connections in Quesnel

Dodging an arrow during a game of combat archery, which is like dodgeball but with bows and arrows. Lindsay Chung photo
A player finds protection before making her move. Lindsay Chung photo
Players gather as many arrows as they can at the beginning of the game. Lindsay Chung photo
Getting ready to launch an arrow at the opposing team. Lindsay Chung photo
The red team launches an attack against their opponents. Lindsay Chung photo

The weather was perfect Sunday afternoon, as a group of Métis youth gathered in LeBourdais Park to play games and get to know each other.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) held a regional youth event for Region 5 Sunday, June 30 at LeBourdais Park as an educational, fun and community-building event.

“They get to know a bit more about their culture and bond with other Métis youth,” said Paris Grover, MNBC youth events co-ordinator. “It’s fantastic. I’m happy to bring them together. I just wanted to do a fun day and get [youth] together.”

The event featured a welcoming with Raynie Gervais, the MNBC North Central regional director; lunch; a Knockerball bubble soccer game and combat archery.

“It’s a really fun event,” said Grover. “I wanted to do something physical, and it’s kind of fun — I see the parents are getting involved too.”

Grover says youth who are aged 15 to 30 have a lot of opportunity to get involved in MNBC, and part of the event was sharing how they can get involved and vote and also to share information about education and funding for youth.

“Our youth have a voice in our governance, and they can get involved in that,” said Grover. “Our annual general meeting is happening in Prince George in September, and we always invite youth out to that.”

READ MORE: North Cariboo Metis Association stands behind Wet’suwet’en Nation

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