Smoky Lake Signal – Métis Crossing breaks ground for the Cultural Gathering Centre – May 22, 2018

Smoky Lake honoured to be included in Métis Crossing groundbreaking ceremonies

“Piquette thanked Elder Crerar for the beautiful blessing to open the ceremony and, speaking from the heart, pointed out that we had all gathered on this land, under this tent for a reason. 

We were not there because we answered an incite or to report on the event.  

We were there because, ‘This is where the Métis culture began, and it contintues to be an improtant place of traditional culture and commerce.’

Piquette continued by saying Métis Crossing is an important time and place in Albertan and Canadian history, and will be now always be a gathering place to education, celebrate, and continue making history.”


Good news for Metis Crossing!

On May 14th I was honoured to represent Indigenous Affairs Minister Richard Feehan at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new 10,0000 square foot Cultural Gathering Centre planned for the site.

The new centre will be a boon not only to the Metis Nation but to the Smoky Lake region. As the only Metis interpretive site in Alberta, it is a boon to the whole province as well.

I am happy that the government of Alberta is contributing to this project and look forward to seeing the new facility in action!

(Photos courtesy of Dan Kotylak)

Smoky Lake Signal – May 8, 2018 – Regimental Ball an evening to remember

Colin Piquette, MLA For Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, was also in attendance, bringing greetings and best wishes from the Government of Alberta. 

“I (give a) heartfelt thanks to RCMP officers and emergency responders, “Piquette said. ” Without you, how could we have a community?”

He went on to say that the history of Alberta and the RCMP are intertwined right from the very beginning, with their histories overlapping and being an integral part of one another.

“If it weren’t for the RCMP, there wouldn’t be an Alberta,” Piquette said. 

Piquette mentioned that Canada was founded on the concept of peace, order, and good government, saying, “I am always impressed with I talk to RCMP (members) how much they live those values.



Visit to St. Elias Russo Orthodox Church Pakan – March 10, 2018

On March 10th I had the pleasure of presenting a Community Facility Enhancement grant for $21, 552 to the St. Elias Orthodox Church Society in Pakan. I was touched when the congregation sung “Many Years”, a traditional Ukrainian celebratory song for me. I could not have felt more welcome. Afterwards, I was honoured to attend the 40 day Memorial Dinner for John Edward Chinery.  Mr. Chinery had in fact worked on the CFEP grant application with his wife Sylvia so it was wonderful to be able to present it on his memorial day. Thank you to the Chinery family,  Archimandrite Gerasim, and to the St Elias Orthodox Church Society for your hospitality and kindness. Thanks also to Ron Rosychuk for the great photos.  Mnohaya lita!