MNBC Culture Series: Gertrude Nome (Issue#1)

Gertrude Nome was raised on a farm in Peace River Crossing, Alberta, and didn’t grow up knowing the art and tradition of tanning hides. She was an avid beader, however, and this inspired her to find a new medium to continue her crafty beading work.  Both her, and her husband Alex, self-taught themselves this almost forgotten art. The technique of hide tanning is very time consuming and takes a great deal of physical strength. The long painstaking process of removing flesh and fur from the animals hide and then stretching it over a homemade frame is seldom done by Métis people today.

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Métis in BC play important role in management and conservation of migratory birds in BC

The British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) Captains of the Hunt and the MNBC Ministry of Natural Resources have partnered with Environment Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Service to hold migratory bird workshops throughout the province. Métis in BC can play an important role in the management and conservation of migratory birds in BC and these sessions are being used to help inform attendees how they can take part. 

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Did You Know? Isabella Ross

Isabella Ross' grave marker

In 1855, Isabella Ross, a Métis woman, became the first female and first aboriginal land owner in the history of British Columbia. Part of her land became Victoria's Ross Bay Cemetery in 1872, one of Canada's oldest and largest surviving Victorian cemeteries.

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Did You Know? The City of Golden

The City of Golden was originally called "the Big Cache" until it was renamed "Golden City" by trade store owner Baptiste Morigeau in the late 1880s.

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Did You Know? Fort St. James

Fort St. James is the longest established non-First Nation community in BC. Simon Fraser and his Métis voyagers established the fort in 1806.

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Did You Know? Métis Joseph McKay

Métis Joseph McKay came to the pacific coast from the Red River in 1844. Among this exceptional man's accomplishments are: the first salmon fishery station, negotiation of the Douglas Treaties, the building of Nanaimo, the exploration of the interior of Vancouver Island, the founding of the Vancouver Island Steam sawmill company, the management of HBC operations at Fort Kamloops and Fort Simpson, the personal innoculation of 1300 Shuswap First Nation people against smallpox, the conception of the first BC pulp mill, and many other significant accomplishments.

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Did You Know? Victoria Voltigeurs

The Voltigeurs were primarily French Canadian half-breeds that Douglas referred to as half-white. They were the first official Police force in the history of BC.

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Did You Know? Christina Lake

Christina Lake in south central British Columbia is named after Christina McDonald, Métis daughter of Chief Factor Angus McDonald, (Hudson's Bay Company) and Catherine Baptiste (Métis).

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