The Métis in Alberta
Métis have been called the forgotten people—a nation stranded between
two worlds, drifting somewhere in the past. Recollections of the Métis
are hazy, generally linked with a bitter struggle led by Louis Riel.
Yet the Métis had a strong presence before Riel, and today other
leaders have taken his place, addressing concerns that stretch back
through history. Beyond any political issue is a culture that is
undeniably part of Canada's mosaic.
The Métis were—and are—a people distinguished by their independence,
individuality, and resilience. Though a century has passed since Riel died
on the gallows, the Métis did not die with him. In 1982, the Métis were
acknowledged as an aboriginal people in the Constitution. And as Canadians
continue to search for an identity, it is inevitable that the contribution
of the Métis will be fully recognized.
The forgotten people will be remembered.
View the Timeline
The Métis, Part One
Summary: Who were the Métis? Historian David Leonard gives a brief
history. [Read Note]
This project was made possible thanks to the financial
contribution of Industry Canada's
Francommunautés virtuelles program and Canadian Heritage's
Culture Online Program, as well as the
Government of Alberta's
Community Initiatives Program.