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Métis Perspectives


 

Books, Fiction

In Search of April Raintree

Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, 1992.

This story follows the lives of two Métis sisters, living in Winnipeg Manitoba, and explores themes such as identity, family, native ancestry.  Mature subject matter.  (Grade 9 and up)

Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality 

Chantal Fiola, 2014. 

From the website: Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality by Chantal Fiola, Métis Anishinaabe-Kwe from the Red River region of Manitoba, interviews people with Métis ancestry, or an historic familial connection to the Red River Métis, who participate in Anishinaabe ceremonies.

CD-ROMS

Making History: Louis Riel and the North-West Rebellion of 1885

Vancouver: James Monro Productions and National Film Board, 1998.

From the NFB website:  "Information is presented in an exciting, creative and historically sound manner." The linked website provides a comprehensive review of this CD-ROM, from a teacher/instructor in teacher education. The author concludes that this CD-ROM on Louis Riel is highly recommended. Available from the National Film Board. (Grade 7 and up)

 

Blogs

Who are the Métis?

Blog post by Chelsea Vowel

"I'm Métis: What's Your Excuse?: On the Optics and Misrecognition of Métis in Canada."

FEDCAN Blog posted by Chris Andersen, University of Alberta, February 2011.

 

Organizations

Métis National Council

From the website: "Overall, the MNC’s central goal is to secure a healthy space for the Métis Nation’s on-going existence within the Canadian federation."

Métis Nation of Ontario

From the website:  "The Statement of Prime Purpose, the founding document of the Métis Nation of Ontario, identifies “to encourage academic and skills development and to enable citizens of the Métis Nation to attain their educational aspirations” as a key objective. In pursuit of this goal, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNOTI) was established in 1996 with funding from the Métis Human Resource Development Agreement (MHRDA)."

Métis Nation of Ontario: Métis Education Kit

From the website: Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Education Kits are an excellent resource for students, teachers, educators and community members to use inside and out of the classroom.

Each kit contains a variety of items including a sash, flashcards, fiddle music, a Michif workbook and a timeline of Métis history in Ontario. This is an exciting first step in providing an introduction to Métis history, culture and heritage. The MNO plans to build upon the success of the Education Kit with additional lesson plans and expanded toolkits.

Videos

Louis Riel: A Canadian Hero

a short documentary entitled "Louis Riel: A Canadian Hero".

 

Websites

The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture

An online and interactive history and culture museum with content specifically about the Métis people. (Grade 5 and up)

David Bouchard

From David Bouchard's website:  "Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.  An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and aboriginal well-being.  In April 2009, Bouchard was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an author of children’s books and an advocate who has championed the cause of reading and writing, and who has shared his pride as a member of the Métis community through his stories."

The Virtual Museum of Métis Art and Culture

From their website:  "This website is the most comprehensive attempt to chronicle traditional Métis history and culture on the World Wide Web and contains a wealth of primary documents – oral history interviews, photographs and various archival documents – in visual, audio and video files. In addition, many of our proven resources such as Steps in Time and Gabriel Dumont: Métis Legend have also been added to this site. Finally, new material, suitable for general information and for educators, has also been commissioned for The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture."

Information

The Boundaries of the Métis Nation

By Jean Tillet a pdf powerpoint with a lot of information. 

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