Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC
"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"
This article discusses a diverse group of Métis communities in Western Canada. Many of the communities, which exist in Western Canada have been founded by the Métis. These communities are very diverse in terms of economic development and cultural orientation, which is a testament to the diversity of Métis experience. The location, history, habitat, trading systems, transportation methods, food, religion, clothing, education and social life of these Métis communities is also discussed.
Providing an introduction to traditional Métis Educational Life, this document examines the structure of traditional Métis education. This paper also delves into the role of education as related to the fur trade, as well as examining the residential school system in relation to Métis children.
An examination of the importance and structure of Métis Family Life is presented within this document. It provides detailed information on kinship ties, family structures, traditional Métis weddings as well as various other important aspects of Métis culture.
Examining the Right to the Land as well as Harvesting Rights, this paper provides an overview of Métis settlements in Western Canada.
Providing an overview of traditional activities including dance, fiddling, games and sports, this document highlights various integral components of Métis culture and tradition.
This article discusses how the Métis have always been adept trappers and how in the past, the Métis had been more reliant on trapping than currently.
Discussions on the enduring Métis 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 Métis people.
Various Métis 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.
This resource provides information about various forms of transportation developed and used by the Métis. These were used both on land and water and included canoes, Red River carts, York boats, snowshoes, dogs, and horses.
This resource examines the importance of Métis women within their society. It also examines the role of Métis women in the revitalization of Métis culture.