Learn about Métis across Canada

Take time to learn more about the rich history, languages, cultures and experiences of Métis Peoples across Canada.

Resources

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History

About Métis Nation
The Métis National Council provides information on how the Métis emerged as a distinct Indigenous People and nation in the historic Northwest during the late 18th century.

Virtual exhibition – Hiding in Plain Sight
Discover the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada.

Commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Birth of Louis Riel
Learn about Louis Riel, the founder of Manitoba and leader of the Métis Nation.

Languages and cultures

Michif Language
Learn more about Michif, how it is an outgrowth of long contact between Cree and Ojibwe speakers and francophone traders and how many few people are Michif speakers today.

Métis Identity and Voice in Canada's National Parks and Historic Sites
A video series on the different Parks Canada locations and how they are used by Métis communities to share their stories of history and culture.

Métis-style beadwork
Try your hand at one of these beautiful and elaborate floral beadwork designs provided by the Canadian Museum of History.

Experiences of Métis Peoples

Métis Nation Self-Determination Gateway
Portal developed by the Métis National Council that focuses on specific aspects of the Métis Nation's self-determination.

Métis Experiences at Residential Schools
Learn why Métis Survivors have felt like outsiders in the residential schools and why many of them came forward to provide statements to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, ensuring that Métis voices were heard.

Métis Today | Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
Learn how Métis people went from the "forgotten people" to a recognized Nation with a growing prominent presence, thanks to thousands of talented artists, authors, activists, educators, entrepreneurs and tradespeople.

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