"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Mtis children, youth and families"

Metis History

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Declaration of Rights

Outlining the call for an acknowledgement of Rights, this document provides information on The Declaration of Mtis and Indian Rights of 1979. The website provides overviews on numerous key issues concerning the Rights of Aboriginal People including: Right to Self-Determination, All Native people must be included processes surrounding changes to the Constitution of Canada, Right to Guaranteed Representation, Right to the Land, Right to Cultural Preservation, and Right to Educate Our Children.

Heritage and Legacy of the Mtis People

This link calls attention to many of the legacies Mtis people have had in influencing the cultural and historical identity of Canada. The paper also itemizes the efforts of Mtis during various overseas military expeditions.

Historial Maps

This page provides a number of links to various historical maps which relate to the history of the Metis people in Canada.

History of the Canadian Mtis

This document offers an overview of the history of the Mtis people in Canada. It addresses issues surrounding identity and origin, a historic perspective on the Mtis movement, as well as examining the displacement of the Mtis and a growing diaspora in Western Canada.

Hudson Bay Company Trading System

This document provides a background to the Hudson Bay Fur Trade in relation to the formation and development of the Mtis culture. The document further examines the importance of the First Nations people to the survival of the fur traders, as well as the fostering of the birth of the Mtis people.

Kelly Lake, British Columbia Mtis

This document discusses the formation of the Mtis identity in North Eastern British Columbia. The paper examines the development of the Kelly Lake Mtis settlement, as well as the history surrounding the fur trade in the region.

Mtis Bison Hunting

This document discusses the importance and prevalence of bison hunting as a traditional Mtis activity. It progresses to examine the role of bison hunting as related to the migration of Mtis communities. In addition the document provides an overview of the importance of the bison hunt in early Mtis cultural development in terms of traditions and the role of community.

Mtis Communities in Western Canada

This article discusses a diverse group of Mtis communities in Western Canada. Many of the communities, which exist in Western Canada have been founded by the Mtis. These communities are very diverse in terms of economic development and cultural orientation, which is a testament to the diversity of Mtis experience. The location, history, habitat, trading systems, transportation methods, food, religion, clothing, education and social life of these Mtis communities is also discussed.

Mtis Fur Trade Employees, Free Traders, Guides and Scouts

This article provides the reader with an overview of many of the traditional occupations of Mtis men in the nineteenth century.

Mtis History and Experience and Residential Schools in Canada

This extensive document provides an examination of the experiences of Mtis people during the Residential School era of Canadian history.

Mtis Homeland: Its Settlements and Communities

Examining the Right to the Land as well as Harvesting Rights, this paper provides an overview of Mtis settlements in Western Canada.

Mtis Trappers and Hide Working

This article discusses how the Mtis have always been adept trappers and how in the past, the Mtis had been more reliant on trapping than currently.

Red River Cart

Discussions on the enduring Mtis symbol of the Red River Cart are presented within this document. The paper examines the importance and significance of the Red River Cart in the early history of the Mtis people.

Traditional Mtis Housing and Shelter

Various Mtis housing structures from tipis and wigwams, winter houses, sod houses, Road Allowance houses to modern houses are presented in this article. The various materials used to build these types of houses are also discussed.

Traditional Mtis Transportation

This resource provides information about various forms of transportation developed and used by the Mtis. These were used both on land and water and included canoes, Red River carts, York boats, snowshoes, dogs, and horses.

Who is Louis Riel?

This link accesses a children's bookabout Louis Riel. It provides a briefbit of history as told by a mother toher children on who Louis Rielis and why he is important to the Metis.

Women of the Mtis Nation

This resource examines the importance of Mtis women within their society. It also examines the role of Mtis women in the revitalization of Mtis culture.

Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Mtis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Mtis communities, Mtis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.