Celebrating Community Pride: Ray St. Germain Honored with Street Renaming

In a heartwarming tribute to one of Canada’s most beloved music icons, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, has proudly announced the renaming of St. Michael Road in St. Vital to Big Sky Country Way. This significant gesture honors Ray St. Germain, a Red River Métis music legend whose contributions have not only shaped the music entertainment industry but have also served as a source of pride for the Red River Métis community and all Canadians alike.

Ray St. Germain, deeply moved by this gesture, expressed his gratitude, stating, “I’m so touched that my community would bring this forward to the City of Winnipeg, and that the city would be willing to make this change.” For St. Germain, music is more than just a profession; it’s a fundamental part of his identity, connecting him with his family, community, and fans across the nation. The renaming of the street, where his childhood home stands, holds profound significance, symbolizing the enduring legacy of his nationally acclaimed television show, Big Sky Country, and his invaluable contributions to the world of music and entertainment.

The renaming ceremony, attended by Ray St. Germain, his family, longtime fans, and fellow Red River Métis Citizens, was a momentous occasion filled with heartfelt tributes and reflections on St. Germain’s remarkable career. Kelly Ryback, a close friend of the family and the driving force behind the street name change, emphasized the importance of recognizing St. Germain’s achievements, stating, “Ray deserves to have a street named Big Sky Country Way in his honor in this city.” Ryback’s sentiment resonates deeply within the community, acknowledging St. Germain’s unwavering commitment to his roots and his significant impact on the cultural landscape of Winnipeg and beyond.

Throughout his illustrious career, Ray St. Germain has been a trailblazer in the music industry, hosting over 600 television shows and garnering international acclaim for his talent and dedication. His induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 stands as a testament to his enduring legacy and influence. Moreover, his role in bringing NCI-FM Radio’s “Métis Hour x2” program to life has provided a platform for Red River Métis musicians to showcase their talent and has served as a vital source of connection and community engagement.

David Chartrand, President of the MMF, hailed St. Germain as a true champion of the Red River Métis community, remarking, “Ray’s contributions to elevating our stories, our music, and our community are too numerous to count.” Chartrand’s words underscore the profound impact of St. Germain’s work, which has not only enriched the cultural fabric of Canada but has also fostered a sense of pride and unity within the Red River Métis community.

In honouring Ray St. Germain with the renaming of Big Sky Country Way, the community celebrates not only his remarkable achievements but also the enduring spirit of resilience, creativity, and cultural heritage that he embodies. As the newly renamed street stands as a testament to St. Germain’s enduring legacy, it also serves as a reminder of the power of music to unite, inspire, and uplift communities for generations to come.