Videos

2021 Métis Nation of Alberta 5 & 6 Youth Cultural Camp 

Carol Ridsdale, President of MNA Region 6, talks about the significance and importance of preserving our traditional language as a form of indigenous cultural resurgence. Cultural camps, like the one held in Wabasca on the weekend of Aug 27th 2021, have helped usher youth in this regard. It has given Metis youth an opportunity to unify with learned elders who transmit stories, wisdom and way of life. The language contains the spirit, heart and humor of our people in ways that are amazing, unique and fun!

 

  • Metis Nation Alberta Region 5 & 6 jointly put together a pilot youth program to help empower our Metis youth with knowledge of traditional teachings. The camp took place in the beautiful Wabasca Treaty 8 Territory in August 2021. The Cultural Camp limited the number of participants due to Covid, to be mindful of the elders present, while still  managing to operate rather than shut our tipis down. We hope that in the future we will be able to increase the number of participants to meet the high interest of youth and elders in Cultural Camps for our Metis Nations.

  • We would like to thank the main hosts who provided services for this camp. Namely, Darrell Anderson for providing services. We give a special thank you to Treaty 8 Elder Albert Yellowknee from Bigstone Cree Nation for providing the traditional sacred teaching for our youth. Metis Elder Pearl Sandor from Region 5 for providing the beautiful fish scale art projects. Also, thank-you to the elders, staff, youth and families for making this pilot project a success for Region 5 and 6. 

  • Special acknowledgements and gratitude to our funding sponsors who made this event possible: TC  Energy, Apeetogosan, Peace River Metis Local 78, Metis Nation of Alberta and Bison Contracting.

MNA Region 5 Member Dakota Fenner and Region 6 Member Alexa Lizotte share and reflect about their positive experiences at the Cultural Camp. Participants learned resourcefulness and self-reliance, camping in tipis, going medicine & food harvesting, learning about hunting and how to process moose meat. They equally learned proper cultural methods passed down over generations from their elders. As guardians of a wellspring of knowledge going back centuries, our elders have been central in passing down these sacred gifts to our youth, fostering a healthy way of life for them⁠—who will one day continue the cycle as carriers of knowledge in their own right. Here are some short stories about their experience. 

 

  • Metis Nation Alberta Region 5 & 6 jointly put together a pilot youth program to help empower our Metis youth with knowledge of traditional teachings. The camp took place in the beautiful Wabasca Treaty 8 Territory in August 2021. The Cultural Camp limited the number of participants due to Covid, to be mindful of the elders present, while still  managing to operate rather than shut our tipis down. We hope that in the future we will be able to increase the number of participants to meet the high interest of youth and elders in Cultural Camps for our Metis Nations.

  • We would like to thank the main hosts who provided services for this camp. Namely, Darrell Anderson for providing services. We give a special thank you to Treaty 8 Elder Albert Yellowknee from Bigstone Cree Nation for providing the traditional sacred teaching for our youth. Metis Elder Pearl Sandor from Region 5 for providing the beautiful fish scale art projects. Also, thank-you to the elders, staff, youth and families for making this pilot project a success for Region 5 and 6. 

  • Special acknowledgements and gratitude to our funding sponsors who made this event possible: TC  Energy, Apeetogosan, Peace River Metis Local 78, Metis Nation of Alberta and Bison Contracting.

Metis Nation of Alberta Harvesting Coordinator Beverly Lambert (MNA Region 5) grew up learning how to harvest plants and medicines as well as hunting, trapping, and traditional food preparation from her grandparents. Beverly discusses the many different types of knowledge in which she instructs youth at the Cultural Camps, including conservation legalities and leadership. She says to youth: ”When you become older, you will become a teacher at some point.” Therefore, it is important to learn as much as you can and teach others, and to keep the culture alive. 

 

This short video highlights the tipi camps, cabins, moose-drying racks, food preparation, and some cultural activities introduced to the youth at the stunning Wabasca setting.

  • Metis Nation Alberta Region 5 & 6 jointly put together a pilot youth program to help empower our Metis youth with knowledge of traditional teachings. The camp took place in the beautiful Wabasca Treaty 8 Territory in August 2021. The Cultural Camp limited the number of participants due to Covid, to be mindful of the elders present, while still  managing to operate rather than shut our tipis down. We hope that in the future we will be able to increase the number of participants to meet the high interest of youth and elders in Cultural Camps for our Metis Nations.

  • We would like to thank the main hosts who provided services for this camp. Namely, Darrell Anderson for providing services. We give a special thank you to Treaty 8 Elder Albert Yellowknee from Bigstone Cree Nation for providing the traditional sacred teaching for our youth. Metis Elder Pearl Sandor from Region 5 for providing the beautiful fish scale art projects. Also, thank-you to the elders, staff, youth and families for making this pilot project a success for Region 5 and 6. 

  • Special acknowledgements and gratitude to our funding sponsors who made this event possible: TC  Energy, Apeetogosan, Peace River Metis Local 78, Metis Nation of Alberta and Bison Contracting.

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This Mighty River

A short documentary of the Northern Metis and the devastating flood of Fort Vermilion and the North Vermilion Settlement. Funded by the Region VI Metis Nation and produced by Metis artist Cindy Paul. 202

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