Mr. Dave Gaudreau (St. Norbert) Member Statement (April 20, 2012)
"The St. Norbert Métis council was started in 2000 by Don Benoit and his family and community members of the local chapter of the Manitoba Métis Federation."
"The council’s goal is to help preserve and celebrate the historic Métis community in St. Norbert, and it accomplishes this through outreach programs and community events. The council is rightly proud of its Métis heritage, and I had the pleasure of meeting with Linda St. Cyr, chair of the council, about the Métis role in settling St. Norbert. St. Norbert has traditionally been a meeting and trading ground for the local people and the Métis established the first permanent settlement there. The Métis have always been a vibrant and integral to the culture and prosperity of St. Norbert community, and the Métis council continues to work hard to preserve and promote this connection. "
"They also erected a cairn in 2010 celebrating the Métis community and the council. Each of these events, in their own small way, helps maintain and preserve the Métis culture and heritage in St. Norbert. Mr. Speaker, the St. Norbert-La Barrière parish Métis council is a wonderful organization that helps celebrate and preserve the important contributions of the Métis people and the St. Norbert community. "