Our Culture


• Symbol of Métis heritage for more than 300 years.
• Originated during the fur trade period.
The Métis share the sash with two other groups who also claim it as a symbol of nationhood and cultural distinction. It was worn by eastern woodland Indians as a sign of office in the 19th century, and French Canadians wore it during the Lower Canada Rebellion in 1837.

• Predates the Canadian Flag by 150 years
• It symbolizes both the dawn and destiny of a new Aboriginal group
• Arising from the coming together of two distinct cultures, European and First Nation
• Like the unbroken circles arrayed upon the flag, the Métis people will endure forever

• The Métis were famous for their floral beadwork, and were often called the ‘Flower Beadwork People’. The symmetric floral beadwork, often set against a black or dark blue background, was inspired by European floral designs. They used seed beads
Beadwork was added to: • Jackets • Bags • Leggings • Gloves • Vests • Pouches

• Traditional voyageur canoes were large birch-bark canoes built for the fur trade business
• Capable of carrying 12 to 20 passengers and 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb.) of cargo
• The two common sizes were the 36' long Montreal canoe for use on the Great Lakes and the 26' long North Canoe used on the interior rivers

• Métis style fiddle music is an oral tradition handed down for many centuries
• The fiddle plays the melody, tells the story
• Rhythm is supplied by toe tapping or spoons
• The uneven and irregular beats of the fiddle creates a bounce in Metis jigging that is as unique as the fiddling itself
• The extra beats make the Metis jig a rapid moving dance and though similar to the Scots - Irish step dance, the Metis jig is unique in style