PROGRAM MENTORS

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LAWRENCE GERVAIS

Regional President - Métis Nation of Alberta - Region 3

During a lengthy classical ballet career, Lawrence won numerous awards in classical ballet, most notably in his junior years, and has worked and trained at professional schools and danced in major ballets in France, China, Russia, United States and Canada. As a teacher, he has coached international ballet competitors and was the ballet teacher for the National and Olympic Figure Skating Teams. Often times, he is asked to adjudicate scholarships and competitions across Canada.

Lawrence has worked tirelessly for the urban Indigenous community for 18 years, both as a program developer and executive director, including work with many Aboriginal Friendship Centres across Western Canada, the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver and now the Métis Nation of Alberta.

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CAROL MASON

Blackfoot Designer & Creator of Northern Plains Label

Northern Plains creations are based around the modern age of “Cowboys and Indians” in an everlasting genre of a Native/Western heritage look in fashion, style and identity.

 

Carol’s heritage spans from her Blackfoot roots with a mix of Irish and Welch bloodlines. Carol has dabbled in apparel design for three decades. An accomplished beader and historical enthusiast, she is particularly interested in the history of Treaty 7 and the People of the Plains. Her education in fashion design earned her an award early in her career as one of Canada’s top 10 designers, presented at the prestigious Genie Awards. Carol has continued to be recognized through numerous accolades and awards during her career in fashion and design.

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DOREEN BERGUM

Métis Elder/Knowledge Keeper for the Métis Nation of Alberta - Region 3

Born in an era when it was illegal to express and practice her Métis culture, Doreen is proud to educate and share her joy in being Métis. 

 

As an Elder/Knowledge Keeper for the Métis Nation, she opens conferences, meetings and cultural events with prayer. Sharing the wisdom and culture of her Métis ancestors, Doreen teaches jigging, beading, moccasin making and capote making.

 

Her drive comes from her commitment to teaching her Métis culture to youth and connecting them with this important part of our Canadian history, and in maintaining the Métis culture for future generations.