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The 1500 member band and the nearby Metis community of Cumberland House all took part in a variety of sporting and social events which according to one member from the town was "something that hasn't happened for a long time." A member of the local detachment of the RCMP was enthused about the events as he said, "I have been stationed here for two years now and I haven't seen anything like this happen here before."
A local taxi operator from Cumberland saw the event as a good public relations gesture. "The local Metis society, the band and the town should try to work more closely now as a result of this," he said. Recently, he had been offered a contract by the band to transport the elderly people for medical purposes and also as a taxi service.
Chief Joe Laliberte expressed great appreciation for the support that was given by the band members.
"It was the people who made this possible and it wouldn't have been successful without them," he said.
A gigantic feast of moose and sturgeon along with the "fixings" was served to about 800 people. - (photo caption)
John Baptiste Laliberte (in his fifties) provided two moose for the occasion. Laliberte who holds the world champion canoe paddling event held in Flin Flon, Manitoba each year also won the event at Three Rivers, Quebec, with a record winning time which still stands today.
Joe Cook, a volunteer recreation director organized
After the feast, a fine performance of different types of pow-wow dances was displayed by a group from the Red Pheasant and Mosquito Reserves with Wilmer Baptiste as the master of ceremonies.
Later on in the evening a cabaret was held with the music supplied by the Lawrence Joseph Band from Prince Albert.