Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is proud to announce receiving a $50,000 grant from the British Columbia Arts Council, to fund the production of a video series aimed at providing education on the culture, language, and heritage of the Métis people in BC.This grant is provided by the B.C. government’s StrongerBC through the BC Arts Council, the government’s key development and funding agency for arts and culture. The grant is part of the BC Arts Council’s Pivot Program, which supports arts and culture organizations to adapt their programs and practices in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MéTV, being produced in partnership with JoyTV, will bring Métis culture, language, heritage, and current affairs directly to people across B.C. and Canada. The show will discuss topics like Indigenous rights and reconciliation, education, health, and more through interviews with experts, politicians, and prominent members of our communities.
“It’s so great to see organizations like the Métis Nation using their ingenuity to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic and create opportunities to reach a broader audience than ever before,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Sharing Métis arts and culture and the issues and stories of the day through a Métis perspective is reconciliation in action. Our government is proud to support this project with funding from StrongerBC.”
MéTV will break down issues facing Métis people across the province, and will strive to visit communities to showcase Métis culture and history. The program will showcase musicians, artists, community leaders, advocates, and more, visiting all 7 regions, taking viewers to unique communities they might have never seen, and exploring Métis identity like never before. MéTV will feature segments on Michif, traditional foods like bannock and tourtières, beadworking, music, and the quintessential Métis jig, with the goal of spreading the word of what Métis culture is all about.
“MéTV is an exciting initiative launched by MNBC,” says Lissa Dawn Smith, MNBC’s Acting President. “For too long the rich stories of Métis culture and heritage have gone unrecorded and unheard. Providing a venue to share our rich heritage will allow more people to see and hear about our history.”
MéTV is being hosted by MNBC’s Deputy Minister and CEO, Daniel Fontaine, and will feature Sophie Gray, MNBC’s Communications and Digital Media Coordinator, as a roving reporter.
“With the regular segment, “kêhtê-ayak”, I will visit with our Old Ones to have conversations that they feel are important to share,” says Lisa Shepherd, Métis artist. “It’s an opportunity to hear, in their own voices, about the very foundation of Métis culture, based on their lived experiences.” MéTV will feature one episode a month, airing live on JoyTV, and will be published on mediums like Facebook, Youtube, MNBC’s website, and even an audio version. The first episode is scheduled to be released on May 1.