Celebrating Métis Culture Across Parks Canada


I don’t want my culture to be forgotten. I want it to be up there just like anybody else’s culture. I think any time you can promote Métis culture and combine it with a historical site is extremely important. People have an interest in finding out who we are. They get to experience our culture with organizations such as Parks Canada. We held a Métis celebration because it was time to celebrate the work and the relationships that we’ve built at Rocky Mountain House. The first Métis Day was really a pretty big celebration. We had jiggers and fiddling, BB gun competition and a turkey shoot. So we decided that it would just become a yearly event at the site. I’d love to see Métis Days happen at all of the historic sites. It’s about connecting Métis people to Métis people. Connecting Métis people to non-aboriginal people. At the Forks National Historic Site, it was really important that the Métis community see their heritage reflected in the park. The Variety Heritage Adventure Park is a great place to tell the Métis stories. We made it historically correct so the kids could learn while they’re having fun, sliding or climbing on the monkey bars and such. I really feel privileged being part of the programs here that we give out. You are teaching the public about Métis history. We worked with the aboriginal community more holistically when we were designing the Adventure Park so it was quite an endeavour, but really rewarding. A lot of Métis are a lot more proud now and they want to show their culture off to the world more than they did ten, twenty, thirty years ago. And I think that’s just because of awareness. I hope the Métis people in the future celebrate their history and teach their children what went into building this country and the people that made it what it is today. There’s a mutual respect for our country’s history from both Parks Canada and from the Métis people. We had a rich, rich history. We should be recognized and we should be proud of who we are. You can’t do anything about the past, but celebrate it or learn from it. And so I choose to celebrate it.

4 Comments

  1. Chase Moore said:

    Ils sont 1,5% de la population canadienne aujourd’hui et 32,3% de la population autochtone en Canada…Ils sont les métis.

    October 27, 2017
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  2. Arturo Ochoa said:

    Ahoy mi métis

    August 8, 2018
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  3. Cow boy said:

    For any Métis or those interested, I have started a subreddit called /r/MetisMichif, which is dedicated to the discussion, news, media, inquiries, and all about the Métis people! We focus on the cataloging and revitalization of the culture, language and identity by enabling an open forum for all interested to speak about it and having easier access to Métis media online!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MetisMichif/

    September 15, 2019
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  4. Toxic Hearts said:

    Wow, such an amazing culture! So many things to learn about it…

    November 25, 2019
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