Mermen of Manitoba First Nations a new species surfacing on social media

By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter  It’s all about the “aunty laugh,” says Jon-Ross Merasty-Moose about the latest trend of mermen photos hitting social media from  Manitoba First Nations and now coming from Saskatchewan and Ontario. “There’s always these people in groups that will pick up something and then just kind of go about it their own way and then once it gets an aunty laugh, it’s a very loud laugh, the aunty laugh, and once you hear that, you know it’s something really funny,” said Merasty-Moose from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation. It all got rolling with a bit of “friendly competition” between staff from the communities of Norway House and Cross Lake at Wapanohk Community School, the Cree bilingual school in Thompson, Man. Merasty-Moose teaches physical education from kindergarten…

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