Alberta’s Métis People

An understanding of the linguistic, geographic, political and cultural diversity of Canada’s constitutionally recognized Aboriginal peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – involves the following terms, concepts and knowledge.

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Aboriginal people of Canada
  • Indian (status/registered, non-status, treaty, Bill C-31)
  • Knowledge Keeper
  • Elder
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Ceremonialist
  • First Nations
  • Métis
  • Inuit

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Professional Learning website provides educators with supports and tools to design and facilitate professional learning. It offers curricular resources that build capacity, engage learners and build paths toward reconciliation through education.

The Learning to Know pillar webpage provides a wide range of professional tools and supports to develop foundational knowledge and understandings of Indigenous peoples of Alberta and Canada. This webpage includes features to help you self-assess your capacity and a photo resource gallery with numerous links to sources, websites and resources.

The Learning to Relate pillar webpage provides provides tools and supports that foster a sense of belonging by creating spaces and places that acknowledge and honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. This webpage includes features to help you self-assess your capacity and a photo resource gallery with numerous links to sources, websites and resources.

Conversation Guides

These conversation guides are designed for use by instructional leaders and learning communities or as a self-paced study to explore the history of Alberta’s Métis people.

Supporting Resources

Interactive Map of Treaties and Métis Settlements

Alberta Indigenous Relations provides a web-based interactive map of First Nations by treaty area as well as Métis Settlements.

Mark of the Métis: Traditional Knowledge and Stories of the Métis Peoples of Northeastern Alberta

The “Mark of the Métis” was created to preserve the rich history and cultural traditions of the Métis people of northern Alberta. The stories of 104 elders who have lived and worked in the area are captured through interviews conducted by the Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935. The Elders tell their stories in their own terms and in their own unique meaningful ways.  Storytelling is a traditional way of the Métis, passing knowledge and customs on through generations. The stories told will preserve this cultural heritage for Métis youth, providing them the opportunity to grow up confident and secure with a true sense of belonging to a strong Métis community.

Métis Settlements and First Nations in Alberta Community Profiles

The Métis Settlements and First Nations in Alberta Community Profiles provides a general overview of the eight Métis Settlements and 48 First Nations in Alberta. Included is information on population, land base, location and community contacts as well as Quick Facts on Métis Settlements and First Nations. Readers who are interested in learning more about a specific community are encouraged to contact the community directly for more detailed information. Many communities have websites that provide relevant historical information and other background. Where available, these website addresses are included in the profiles.

 

Métis Settlements in Alberta

There are eight Métis Settlements in Alberta. The geographic area of each Settlement lays within the northern regions of Alberta. There are 1.25 million acres (528,000 hectares) of land in total in the eight Metis Settlements. The interactive map on this Alberta Government webpage shows the areas of each Métis Settlement.