Historic Saugeen Métis celebrate 200 years

Music, fresh fish and historical displays demonstrated the life of the early Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) who had settled at the mouth of the Saugeen River where it empties into the great Lake Huron.

It was all part of the 10th annual celebration at Pioneer Park in Southampton of the Historic Saugeen Métis  Rendezvous held on Saturday, August 11th (2018).

                                            Crowds gathered for the event

As early traders and fishermen, the Métis played an integral role in the settlement of Southampton and Bruce County along the Lake Huron shoreline and today in 2018, they celebrate the 200th anniversary of the HSM and the 10th Rendezvous celebration.

Held in Pioneer Park in Southampton, overlooking the Saugeen River on one side and Lake Huron on the other, the setting is an historic setting for the event. It was there that the Métis traded at what was the Hudson Bay trading post and also acted as guides on the Great Lakes.

Throughout the day’s celebration, there were several displays of early life as the Mêtis knew it along with fresh whitefish from Lake Huron and the toe-tapping music of Shane Cook & the Woodchoppers.

                                                 Shane Cook on fiddle and the Woodchoppers

Patsy McArthur of the Historic Saugeen Mêtis greeted visitors

Fran Plante cooked up delicious whitefish
John Peevers (L) of Bruce Power chatted with Archie Indoe, President of the Historic Saugeen  Métis

   Diane Becker creates bead-work art