80 years young

Clifford Sinclair of Slave Lake celebrated his 80th birthday on November 23. It was a small intimate gathering of around 60 family members and a few friends. Cliff is the youngest in a large family and the only one of his brothers to reach the age of 80. Two of his older sisters are alive and attended.
The Sinclairs moved to what became ‘Old Town’ Slave Lake in 1817, as part of the fur trade.
The celebration included a potluck feast, speeches, an honour Métis jigging song, and a dance. Cliff is well known for his red shirts and jigging. He wore a white shirt for the event, but his family gave him a special red shirt designed especially for him by a Métis designer.
The celebration was at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, which Cliff’s relatives helped to start in the 1970s. Cliff can also often be found there, if he’s not at his table at McDonalds.

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