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Timmins celebrates Metis contributions this week (8 photos)

From trapping to berry picking and farming

The fur trade was ever significant in the lives of Northern Ontarians in bygone days.

Trapping and skinning of wildlife was an occupation that was vital to this region’s economy and growth, though it wasn’t ideal for the faint of heart. Woodworking and carpentry, additionally, played important parts in the development of this area.

Not to be outshone, the same could be said of farming, berry picking, and fishing. In fact, smaller communities all around Canada prospered because of such teamwork efforts and partnerships. 

The Timmins chapter of the Metis Nation of Ontario are celebrating this week those contributions. They are inviting local residents to experience and learn about the Metis culture in various locations around town.

On Wednesday, an assortment of displays and family activities were set up along the Gillies Lake grounds. The outdoor event was well attended, stated participant Jaylin Renaud. It lasted from 2-7 p.m.