Dawn Rising Urban Medicine Circle (D.R.U.M.C)

04may9:00 am10:30 amDawn Rising Urban Medicine Circle (D.R.U.M.C)

Event Details

In 2019, a small group of Métis and First Nations women met and began a weekly inclusive singing and hand drumming circle. Instructor Wenonah Justin member of Cook’s Ferry of the Nlaka’pamux nation with Cree ancestry is a traditional singer, Knowledge Sharer and Drum Carrier. She shares the traditional Salish teachings she learned from Salish Elders in Tiqilip Community Singers.

In the pursuit of helping themselves and others reclaim a culture that was denied to them, D.R.U.M.C. practices Love, Unity, Inclusivity, Acceptance, Indigenous languages, Stories, and Songs.

We will be gathering on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Stó:lō People. Specifically Semá:th (Sumas), Mathexwi (Matsqui), and Laq’ámel (Mission) First Nations. This is also the lodging home for the Fraser Valley Métis Association, a chartered community of Metis Nation BC (MNBC).



(Saturday) 9:00 am - 10:30 am


Mámele’awt Indigenous Education Centre

3277 Gladwin Road


Fraser Valley Métis Association

The Métis Nation emerged on the plains of the historic Northwest during the late 18th and early 19th century. Successive generations of mixed First Nations and Europeans married within the mixed-Aboriginal community, eventually this community was no longer seen as European (Fur Trade centric) nor as First Nations. Rather this community became seen as a distinct peoples and Nation with our own clothing style, language, music, political determination, and societal organization. Because of this distinction, Métis are among the three Aboriginal peoples recognized by Section 35 of the Canadian constitution act of 1982. As Métis, we trace our lineage back to historically identified Métis communities that originated in the historic Northwest well before Canada became Canada.

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