Indian Métis Friendship Centre hosts community dinner

By Michael Joel-Hansen
October 11, 2018 - 9:44am Updated: October 11, 2018 - 1:30pm

A local organization made sure that people in Prince Albert didn't go without a Thanksgiving meal.

The Prince Albert Grand Council, an umbrella organization which represents a number of area First Nations, hosted a turkey dinner at the Prince Albert Indian Métis Friendship Centre Wednesday night.

Sheryl Kimbley, special events coordinator for the grand council explained they enjoy putting on meals like this to serve the community.

“We like to hold a meal for those less fortunate, we know that there’s a lot that struggle with these meals,” she said.

Kimbley said in past years the meal has been a popular gathering place for people and has seen many served.

“Historically we’ve fed anywhere from 250 to 500 people,” she said.

In past years some food has been donated by people for the meal. However, most of the food which has been served comes from the grand council itself.

“The majority of the cost for the food lands on the Prince Albert Grand Council, which were happy to do,” said Kimbley.

In order to put on the meal, the grand council has partnered with the Prince Albert Indian Métis Friendship Centre, which provides the venue along with other supports.

“The friendship centre in the past couple years has been really great in having staff and support,” she said.

Having the friendship centre host the meal helps, Kimbley said, because many people who are in need can find the building.

“They know where the location is,” she said.

Kimbley said she expected the dinner to run from 5 p.m. until 6:30 Wednesday. She added they planned to go until all of the food was gone. but Kimbley emphasized the meal would not be possible without all those people who volunteer their time.

“I just really want to thank all the people who have come out to support … in terms of the volunteers and the friendship centre,” she said.

 

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