Métis Artrepreneur Program

Program Details

MNBC’s Ministry of Skills Training, Employment and Post-Secondary (STEPS) and Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Language (CHL) are pleased to announce the 2023 cohort year for the Métis Artrepreneur Program instructed by professional Métis artists Kim Stewart and Lynette La Fontaine. Over this 12-week program, participants will be guided through the fundamentals of growing an arts-based business from a Métis cultural lens. Each week, participants will gain skills and knowledge to establish their arts-based business, including marketing, selling, and developing their own voice and style as a Métis artist.

Please note that program spaces are limited. 


Applications will be open between June 18, 2023 to July 4th, 2023, 4:30 pm PST

Please note that program spaces are limited. Acceptance is not first come first served, it is based on selection and eligibility.

Intake for this program is been done by Region 6 STEPS Office. For all inquiries or to apply please contact us at STEPS-R6@mnbc.ca

Kim Stewart: A Métis Visual Artist

Cultural history is so important to me that it is a part of everything I do. I was born in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada making me the 5th generation in my father’s family to live in that place. My father, Ken Gullion’s Métis heritage connects me to the Métis Homeland of Red River with family names Brabant, Brazeau, and to Métis and Cree communities in Alberta through the family name Nipissing. My great grandmother, Margaretta Brazeau received ‘Halfbreed land scrip’ as did her son, my great grandfather, Franklin Gullion. Land scrip was issued to Métis people in Canada in late 1800’s to early 1900’s as an attempt to extinguishing their land rights. My father’s settler-ancestry reaches back to Scotland with family name, Gullion, and Poland with family name, Yaromy. My mother, Loretta Gullion comes from Berezan, Kozniuk settler families from the Ukraine who brought their rich cultural practices with them, marking the changes in their agricultural seasons with food, celebration and beautifully decorated art forms.

Lynette La Fontaine (they/ them)

A Métis (otipemisiwak) visual artist with roots in northern Saskatchewan, as well as the historic Métis community of Red River settlement. They grew up on the traditional, unceded Dakelh territory of the Stella’ten and now currently reside in the traditional Lekwungun (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations). Their work is inspired by connection to the land, heart, spirit, ancestors, as well as teachings from Elders and knowledge holders. With the intent to honour these connections, they utilize their preferred media of traditional and contemporary beadwork, whitefish scales, tufting, porcupine quills, fur, mixed media, acrylic painting and fabrics.