Indigenous Themes Kits and Information
Available at the Learning Resource Center, School District 71
- compiled by Suzanne Camp, District Cultural Resource Aide- see page 14-18 for Métis specific resources.
Picture Book List
Introduction to Métis Culture
A powerpoint created locally, by Gail Martindale and Suzanne Camp, to introduce you to the Métis Culture. Notes are included in a separate document.
This lesson is a hands-on activity where students can explore reasoning and solutions for why people create different types of transportation. The lesson has students brainstorming and problem solving. They will also learn about how the Métis people solved their transportation issues, including the Red River cart and the York boat.
Gabriel Dumont Institute:
Bringing Métis Children’s Literature to Life is a guidebook for teachers to support the children’s literature published by Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI). Not only will teachers be able to teach about the Métis but they will also utilize strategies that foster and promote literacy development (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing). The stories used in this guidebook are written and illustrated by Métis authors and illustrators. Each story brings traditional and contemporary Métis culture to life. They honour the past and present. Métis children often see themselves in these publications. Non-Métis students will see and connect with the universal themes and relate them to their own lives while learning about Métis culture. Most importantly, this resource is about engaging readers in the history and traditions of Métis culture through literature. Métis children’s literature is found in classrooms, and in school libraries and public libraries all across Canada. Teachers use the books in various ways to bring awareness of the culture and teach outcomes. However, teachers are not always an “insider” in the culture, and often search for ideas on how to incorporate Métis content into their practice. There is a desire by teachers to be more inclusive, but they may not know how. This resource assists teachers in being culturally responsive while at the same time allowing them to teach provincial outcomes.
MIKI'SIW Métis Association
The Métis Nation
The advent of the fur trade in west central North America during the 18th century was accompanied by a growing number of mixed offspring of Indian women and European fur traders. As this population established distinct communities separate from those of Indians and Europeans and married among themselves, a new Aboriginal people emerged - the Métis people – with their own unique culture, traditions, language (Michif), way of life, collective consciousness and nationhood.
Louis Riel - Heritage Minutes
What thoughts ran through Louis Riel's mind as he stood on the scaffold, waiting for the trap door to open to his death? Perhaps he thought about the turmoil that surrounded him, a turmoil that still surrounds the controversial Métis leader today. Even now, Louis Riel is a hero to many, a visionary, the fiery leader of a downtrodden people. To others he is a madman, a traitor, or a misguided zealot.
Jacqueline Guest, author and artist
Her award winning books are unique in that many of the main characters come from different ethnic backgrounds including First Nations, Inuit or Metis. Her well-drawn characters face issues common to every child such as bullying, blended families and physical challenges and are strong role models for today’s youth. Jacqueline’s historical novels for young readers’ present Canada ’s vibrant past as an exciting read every child will enjoy. Her young adult mysteries address teenage problems in a sensitive way while still providing a great page-turner.
Christi Belcourt, Metis Visual Artist
Lisa Shepard - Metis Artisan
The past, the present and the future reverberates along my thread.”