- 2022 Louis Riel Day
DEBORAH AUGIER - Deborah Augier is a diverse artist having worked in the Independent Film Industry on various indigenous videos; she has also written a collection of poetry (Pimihawin Wapastim) and is currently seeking publication for her poetry. Her love of movement began with practising the art of Yoga and becoming a certified Yoga Instructor in 2005, where Deborah taught various classes to youth at risk, mother and child yoga and held classes in her studio. Currently Deborah is expanding her knowledge in Yoga by upgrading her skills as a Yoga teacher through workshops and deepening her own practise. Deborah was raised in a Métis community in rural Alberta called Lake Wabamun. Her father was a musician and played old time fiddle tunes and her Mother loved to dance, this is where her love of music and dance began. Deborah's childhood was rooted in Métis traditions as Father hunted for moose, deer and elk while her Mother created beautiful bead work for moccasins and picked berries for preserving. Since 2009 she trained with Compaigni V'ni Dansi in both Métis and contemporary dance styles and performed with the Louis Riel Métis Dancers throughout the Lower Mainland. In summer 2011, the group performed for the International Métis Fest in Manitoba. Deborah feels a strong dedication to preserve Métis tradition through dance for future generations.