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The Sunset Country Métis is offering the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Ontario Hunter Education Program free of charge to its citizens, with a special focus on youths aged 12 and up.

Instructor Peter Van Drunen will teach the Canadian Firearm Safety Course on March 28-30 at the newly-renovated Sunset Country Métis Hall, and then the Ontario Hunter Education Program from April 4-6 there.

“The courses were arranged with the intention to offer both the Canadian Firearm Safety Course and Hunter Education Program to Métis citizens who currently have neither,” said Sarah Marusyk, women's representative on the Sunset Country Métis Community Council.

“However, if there are folks out there who already have one or the other, we can certainly try to accommodate that,” she added.

Those interested are urged to sign up as soon as possible as space is limited.

“However, if organizers are unable to fill the training with members of the Sunset Country Métis community, it will open up to the public,” Marusyk noted.

The March 28-29 sessions will run from 5-8:30 p.m. while the March 30 session, which falls on a Saturday, is from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The April 4-5 sessions also will run from 5-8:30 p.m., with the April 6 session from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Meals and snacks will be provided.

A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot, but this will be refunded upon completion of the program.

Participants must take both the firearms safety course and hunter education training, and be present for the full duration of the courses.

Participants cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the training.

Adults with criminal convictions involving firearms are not eligible to participate.

For more information or to sign up, call or text Marusyk at 276-4481 or e-mail her at metisofsunsetcountry@gmail.com

The training is made possible thanks to the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).

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