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Kelly, left, and Armand Jerome are organizers of the trek. Jerome builds Red River carts and wants to make sure "everybody knows that Louis Riel and the Métis were instrumental in creating this province." (CBC)
Kelly, left, and Armand Jerome are organizers of the trek. Jerome builds Red River carts and wants to make sure "everybody knows that Louis Riel and the Métis were instrumental in creating this province." (CBC) - Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Métis mark Manitoba's 150th with heritage trek from Kenora to Winnipeg

A group of Métis travellers is setting out from Kenora, Ont., on a three-month journey to celebrate Manitoba's 150th birthday.

They'll start out Tuesday on dogsled, travelling about 25 kilometres a day. Once the snow melts, the expedition will continue in traditional Red River carts.

"It's going to be a journey, a real good journey. There'll be a lot of people [switching] in and out and they'll be celebrating in different villages as they go through them," said David Chartrand, president of the Manitoba Metis Federation.

It will culminate on May 12 with a celebration at Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park, near the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, in Winnipeg.

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