Niimki and Inouk to Journey in
2010: Year of the Métis!
We all know that 2010 has been deemed the Year of the Métis. Well, it’s also going to be the year that starts the journey of Niimki the hand crafted birch bark canoe, and Inouk the hand crafted paddle in The Grand River.
It’s been so long since I’ve written of Niimki and Inouk…and only because I had to wait for the news that has had me bursting with joy. Niimki, the canoe hand crafted by Birch Bark Canoe builder Marcel Labelle, was graciously donated to our council so we could fund raise for our community. Inouk, the hand crafted and beautifully painted paddle that will accompany Niimki was graciously donated by Micheline Boisvert. Both are spiritually charged, and in my opinion will provide a lifetime of special memories to the winner and all who are fortunate enough to go for a spin!
We’ve been on a journey of our own…a long year and a half of work to get this up and running. But, we have received confirmation of our lottery license. The license is finally ours and the community fundraising can begin!
We have grand plans for this dynamic duo. We are going to be selling tickets until June 4th, 2010 with the draw to be held on Saturday June 5th, 2010. There will only be 2499 tickets sold at $20 each. Tickets are at the printers now, and will be ready shortly.
A ceremonial launch will be held on Saturday June 26, 2010, at the West Montrose Family camp http://www.westmontrosecamp.com/ . We are arranging group rates for the campgrounds and invite all to join us not only in celebrating their maiden voyage together, but to join us in celebrating the Year of the Métis. We plan to have great music, great food, traditional stories, and so much more.
If you are interested in tickets, please contact Carol Lévis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at: email@example.com If you are interested in joining in on the festivities please don’t hesitate to contact me at the above mentioned email address. Please advise ASAP if you would like to stay at the Camp Ground so that I can give the owner an idea of numbers.
I look forward to seeing Niimki and Inouk leave the nest…and begin their life together…
Former GRCMC President
To read more about the upcoming journey of the canoe and paddle and their story, check out articles from from a few recent Métis Voyageur publications.
“President Lipinski elected”