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Metis Voices Radio, July 11, 2008

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Nadine Gagné was born in Vancouver, BC and is from the Métis Nation (Cree/French Iroquois/English ancestry). She is an Aboriginal Infant Development Consultant/Supervisor with Kla-How-Eya Aboriginal Centre’s ECE department, which she has been employed in for the last 6 years. As well, she is the AIDP Regional Advisor for the Fraser and is responsible for supporting all AIDP programs from Twassen to Chilliwack/Seabird Island. Nadine has worked as a frontline worker within the Aboriginal community of Surrey for the past 12 years focusing on cultural/family support and early childhood education/infant development. Her passion includes supporting high-risk children that have developmental delays, as well as working with Aboriginal foster children. She has been chosen as one of twelve national Aboriginal youth role model for Canada for 2005/06 through the National Aboriginal Role Model Program in Ottawa. She has posters and trading cards that have been circulated across Canada.

As a role model she has traveled to different Aboriginal communities to speak to the youth about achieving their goals. In November/05 Nadine received the BC Aboriginal Childcare Award for her contributions to Aboriginal children in BC and has been nominated for various other awards. Through volunteer work, Nadine has created and maintains “Children of the Rainbow Drum Group, which is a First Nations drum group for children aged 1-14 years. Currently there are 25 children in the group who perform in the community regularly. They have been performing for over three years and have performed at more than 160 different events. Nadine sees a need to develop more Aboriginal cultural resources geared towards infants, toddlers and young children. She writes Aboriginal children’s songs that incorporate the Cree language and released her first Aboriginal children’s CD in November 2007 titled “My Moccasins.” She would also like to create more songs and board books for Aboriginal toddlers and preschoolers in the near future.

In her spare time she enjoys playing guitar and harmonica and spending time with her family, two dogs and cat. She is also enrolled part-time in the Infant Development and Supported Child Development Program at the University of British Columbia.

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In 1954, in Edmonton Alberta, Dale Rodney Haggerty was the fifth child Born, to parents John Haggerty, a Scottish immigrant and French Métis Mother, Georgina Villeneuve. The Haggerty’s moved their growing family to B.C. when Dale was just an infant and youngest at that time, his sister Teresa was born later in Vancouver where the family lived and worked most of their lives.

As President of the Society, Dale’s future hope and plans for the museum is to continue sharing the Métis culture as long as he is able and when he is ready to retire (which won’t be for a while yet), the museum will be placed safely in the hands of our future Métis generation who will continue to bring and present the Métis culture and history to all that would benefit and have an interest & now its time to reach to even more of our Aboriginal brother s & sisters across the world. Our very own internet talk radio show called 'Metis Voices Radio' every Friday night 8pm pst on station 2 . Dale is looking forward to your callins as he talks about Metis history and many other Metis programming.

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