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Cultivating Connections: Reflections on Hosting a Métis Business Mixer

As the echoes of laughter and the warmth of connections linger, I find myself reflecting on the recent business mixer we had the honour of hosting for the Métis community. It was an evening filled with camaraderie, collaboration, and a profound sense of community spirit. The energy in the room was truly palpable.

Neil Schmeichel, Jason Chernow, Nelson Anthon Lussier and Carmen Lasante (left to right).

Supporting the hard work of elected representatives from the first Otipemisiwak Métis Government, Carmen Lasante (District Captain, Calgary Elbow Métis District 6), Jason Chernow (Citizens’ Representative, Calgary Elbow Métis District 6) and Nelson Anthony Lussier (Citizens’ Representative, Calgary Nose Hill Métis District 5) our collective goal was clear: to create a welcoming space where Métis entrepreneurs, professionals, and community members could come together to network, share insights, and forge meaningful relationships. Blue Monarch sought to support the revival of this vital event series by providing a setting to showcase Métis talent, facilitate networking, and foster economic growth.

One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to hear from each attendee, including Métis leaders and entrepreneurs who shared their stories of spirit, innovation, and success. Their journeys served as a source of inspiration for all in attendance, demonstrating the incredible potential and talent within the community.

The mixer proved to be a fruitful gathering in which individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries had the opportunity to connect and share ideas. The conversations that ensued led to the development of positive relationships and the forging of strong bonds. These relationships have the potential to develop mutually beneficial collaborations and growth opportunities in the future. The event’s impact is perhaps best measured by the strength of the connections that were formed, which are certain to have significant and positive effects in the coming days and months.

Arthur Cunningham, Amber Boyd and Richard Piche (left to right)

As I reflect on this treasured evening, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for each and every person who made it a grand success. We are deeply thankful to our sponsors and partners who extended their unwavering support in bringing our vision to life, to all the attendees who added their energy and enthusiasm, and to the Métis community for their warm welcome and trust in us to host this gathering. You all have made this event a memorable one, and for that, I am truly grateful.

But our work at Blue Monarch does not end here. The business mixer was only the beginning of a journey empowering greater economic empowerment and community development within the Métis community. We hope that supporting this event will catalyze future initiatives and collaborations that will continue to uplift and empower Métis entrepreneurs and professionals. We recognize that true reconciliation requires more than just words; it requires meaningful action and sustained commitment.1 That’s why we are dedicated to fostering sustainable partnerships with Indigenous communities, businesses, and organizations, grounded in shared values and a shared vision for an equitable future.2

Hosting a business mixer for the Métis community was a privilege and an honour. It reminded us of the power of coming together to work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all. I look forward to continuing this journey alongside the Otipemisiwak Métis Government and the broader Métis community, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish together.

(1)       National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. Truth Reconcil. Comm. Canada 2015, 20.

(2)       Wilson-Raybould, J. True Reconciliation How to Be a Force for Change.; McClelland & Stewart, 2022.

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