Join us virtually on January 20th, 2023 for an evening of celebrating Alberta Métis accomplishments, with special live performances by local Métis artists 

About the Event 

Join Rupertsland Institute on January 20th for the 2023 Métis Entrepreneurial Excellence. Live steam the event and virtually celebrate, give recognition and award some of Alberta's best Métis entrepreneurs.


Stream the live event starting at 6:45 PM for award presentations as well as live local Métis performances!


Registration is free! Sign up to virtually join us: 

With special performances by 

Alex Kusturok

Originally from Cold Lake Alberta, Alex is an established Métis fiddle player. 

Alex is greatly influenced by the Quebecois and Cape Breton fiddle styles, however, the Métis style remains at the forefront of his playing.

He is proudly a part of the Métis Delegation that travelled to Rome in 2022 to share Métis music with Pope Francis.

In Alex's show you can count on a display of culture through music and dance, stories of his upbringing, and an energy that he hopes will touch your heart and move you. 

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers are three siblings from Winnipeg, Manitoba who share a passion for dance, not just any dance it's all about the Red River Jig! 
They perform traditional dances of the Red River Jig mixed with modern dancing known as the hip hop jig. Through their gift of dance they have had great opportunities to travel the world and they hold numerous achievements and awards.
Their main focus is to attract youth through the rhythm and style of the hip hop jig. They hope to motivate and inspire people of all ages, and bring awareness that their culture is going strong and continues to be ambitious with this dance and music. 
Formally known as the Slick and Lil J Show, back in 2012 they lost one of their biggest fans and proud supporter, Grandpa Ivan Flett passed away, it was with great sadness but an honour to rename themselves the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers. Every dance they do is in honour of him. 
Their show wouldn't be complete without the outfits and they give a huge thank you to their Grandma Dawn Harris-Flett who designs and custom makes all their attire. Thanks to Designs by Dawn! 

Award Show Hosted by:

Tanis Parenteau

Tanis is an actor/producer and member of the Métis Nation of Alberta - Region VI. TV credits include Billions, FBI: Most Wanted, Gossip Girl, Designated Survivor, House of Cards and Tribal. New York theatre: The Public Theater, Signature Theater, 59E59 Theaters and La Mama. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her production company, TDEP Productions, focuses on decolonizing the entertainment space by uplifting contemporary Indigenous stories by Indigenous writers, smashing harmful Indigenous stereotypes and creating opportunities for Indigenous people above and below the line. Her debut short film, 'A Big Black Space', garnered a broadcasting deal on ARTÉ in Europe, won best Canadian Short at Dreamspeakers Film Festival and the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival. Tanis has been funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Media Fund, Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society, Bell Fund and is developing a short form digital series for APTN lumi which she will also star in. Tanis is on the board at Peace Region Independent Media Artists Association and is a member of Alberta Media Production Industries Association and Canadian Media Producers Association. Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The New School for Drama.