Métis Celebration! Tag: Métis Culture

Join Métis Nation British Columbia to celebrate Canada’s vibrant Métis Culture

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MNBC Raising Métis Cultural Awareness Tag: Métis Culture

Cultural Wellness was weaved throughout the weekend and all the discussions, and participants shared the need to increase Métis Cultural awareness in BC

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MNBC Culture Series: Jónína Kirton (Issue #3) Tag: Métis Culture

Photo: Mayors Arts Award 2016 - Jonina, Mayor Robertson, Betsy Warland

Jónína Kirton is a prairie born, proud MNBC citizen and is a Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator who currently resides in the Lower Mainland. She has been involved with the Aboriginal Writers Collective – West Coast, and she coordinated the first National Indigenous Writers Conference in Vancouver 2013. In 2015 Kirton joined the editorial board of Room Magazine. Jónína’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

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Louis Riel Day at Vancouver City Hall Tag: Métis Culture

"It is a very proud day for Métis Citizens all across our province.  The commitment of government to the Métis is strong , and as a result many Métis are witnessing this today on a number of historic fronts" said Regional Director Gary Biggar.

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MNBC Culture Series: Reuben Forsland (Issue #2) Tag: Métis Culture

From a young age, Reuben was ignited with the passion to create objects of an intricate nature. A stonemason father and a seamstress mother introduced him to the rendering of raw materials into the finely designed and the aesthetically ornate which eventually led him to design and craft a monumental instrument "the Velvet Revolver" for the world re-knowned, Grammy winning, rock and roll hall-of-famer, SLASH, of Guns N’ Roses!

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MNBC Culture Series: Gertrude Nome (Issue#1) Tag: Métis Culture

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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Did You Know? Isabella Ross Tag: Métis Culture

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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