The Métis represent a unique group within the diverse
landscape of western Canada. From the Great Lakes to the Red
River to the broader Indigenous Métis communities of western
Canada, the Métis have actively shaped the social, political and
physical landscape of Alberta. Prior to the Fur Trade, Métis
people were buffalo hunters. It was through the buffalo hunt
that the Métis established networks throughout western Canada
that provided opportunities for themselves during the Fur Trade.
The Métis became instrumental to company life, and therefore
essential to the fur trade.
Métis are known for their dynamic skills and lively culture.
Historically, as interpreters, guides, and voyagers, many made
their journey into the heartland of the west. Currently, the
Métis are continuing to integrate into every single industry, as
doctors, construction workers, musicians, and teachers.