Grande Prairie, AB – Preservation of Métis culture will be the focus of full-day workshops led by Beverly Lambert, known as "Métis Bev", during her visits to nine Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) schools on April 29 - May 2 and May 10 - 16. Students will learn about Métis history and jigging, blended with messages about anti-bullying, cultural awareness and pride, self-esteem, and healthy living.
"I am determined to instill pride in the next generation so they can be proud of who they are for the rest of their lives," Ms. Lambert says on her website. "When I leave a community, it is my hope that the children will have that strong root with a healthy, happy attitude to move forward on their own."
Her school presentation options include Métis Aerobics; a Métis Showcase with performances by students; Métis Bev Show featuring a Métis story, jigging, motivational speech and a puppet show; and a Kitchen Party option where students dress in regalia, learn traditional dancing and have a dance party.
Brigitte Benning, Indigenous Educator at PWPSD and organizer of the speakers' series, speaks highly of Ms. Lambert's presentations.
"Our schools will be alive with culture and energy. Ms. Lambert seamlessly teaches about Métis culture and healthy living, all the while getting a room full of kids and adults jigging to fiddle music. This segment of the Indigenous Speaker Series will instill pride and excitement in our younger students. After a day with Ms. Lambert, they will not only add a few more dance steps to their pocket, but will also gain increased confidence and skills that they can carry with them forever."
About Beverly Lambert
Ms. Lambert is the Cultural Ambassador for the British Columbia Métis Federation and is committed to ensuring culture and community are priority. She works with Métis organizations throughout Alberta and British Columbia; instructs preschool classes and youth camps; leads workshops at youth, women and Elders' conferences; is an award-winning jigger; and is well known and sought after by school districts. Learn more at www.beverlylambertmetisjigger.wordpress.com.
|Monday, April 29||Robert W. Zahara Public School||Friday, May 10||Ridgevalley School|
|Tuesday, April 30||Whispering Ridge Community School||Monday, May 13||Elmworth School|
|Wednesday, May 1||Wembley Elementary School||Tuesday, May 14||Rycroft School|
|Thursday, May 2||Bonanza School||Wednesday, May 15||Beaverlodge Elementary School|
| || ||Thursday, May 16||Bezanson School|
Photo caption: Beverly Lambert, known as "Métis Bev", will offer full-day cultural workshops at nine schools during the upcoming PWPSD Indigenous Speakers Series on April 29 - May 2 and May 10 - 16, 2019.