Métis jigger returns to share culture with students

Renowned Métis jigger Corbin Poitras will return to Fort McMurray to engage with students for Aboriginal Awareness Week.

“I really enjoyed sharing the art of Métis storytelling and dancing with students when I came to Fort McMurray last year,” said the Moose Mountain, Alta. resident. “It’s great to have an opportunity to pass on the culture because it’s very important to my family.”

Corbin will perform at five Fort McMurray Catholic schools starting on Tuesday, May 21st at St. Martha’s and St. Gabriel’s. Corbin will bring his unique style of teaching and entertainment to Father Turcotte and Father Beauregard on Wednesday, May 22nd. On Thursday May 23rd, he performs at Good Shepherd in the morning before travelling to Fort McKay School for the afternoon.

Corbin will also appear at Métis Festival 2013 on Friday May 24th, an event that marks the 25thanniversary of the Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935.

“We’re pleased to sponsor Corbin’s return to Fort McMurray because we received a lot of positive feedback when he appeared here last year,” said Colleen Legdon, Syncrude’s community relations manager. “He really connected with the students. Not only did he impart cultural facts about the Métis to the students, he really made it fun for them.”

The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Limited, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership.

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