Culture Days

Culture Days is an annual celebration of Canadian culture that allows citizens to engage and interact with artists, cultural organizations and municipalities from coast-to-coast. This nation has such a rich history and tapestry of backgrounds; with its diversity and inclusive nature, I am proud to call Canada home. 

This year I visited Batoche National Historic site in Saskatchewan to learn about metis history, the leadership and legend of Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel, and enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours lining the South Saskatchewan River. 

Hiking and enjoying the beautiful fall colours at Batoche National Historic site in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Hiking and enjoying the beautiful fall colours at Batoche National Historic site in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Tour of the rectory by a costumed guide, Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Tour of the rectory by a costumed guide, Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Metis beadwork, Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Metis beadwork, Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Interior of church at Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Interior of church at Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

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Cemetery at Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Cemetery at Batoche National Historic site, Saskatchewan. 

Earlier this year, I found out that my grandfather – also named Joseph Ouellette – passed away. Seeing this headstone at the cemetery in Batoche National Historic site made me curious about my maternal family history, of which I know very little. 

Earlier this year, I found out that my grandfather – also named Joseph Ouellette – passed away. Seeing this headstone at the cemetery in Batoche National Historic site made me curious about my maternal family history, of which I know very little. 

I got to try moose meat, deer meat and elk meat, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I got to try moose meat, deer meat and elk meat, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.