Religious Life and Education
Métis spirituality traces its roots
back to Aboriginal spiritualism as well as European Christian tradition.
Métis religious life was thus both spiritually aware of the land and of
the interrelationships of the living creatures upon it; as well as devoted
to Christian religious obligations, such as the Catholic Mass, and the
observance of Feast Days.
It was the type of spirituality that reflected a world where Christian
missions and schools were charged with the conversion of Aboriginal
beliefs into Christian modes of thinking. Religious pilgrimages were as
likely to lead the Métis to wild places sacred to the Aboriginal peoples
as to the sanctuary of a church.
In its own way, Métis religious life was one that embraced a broader -
and, at times, more contentious - spiritual canvas than either the
Aboriginal or European traditions that gave rise to it. In the Métis
people, two disparate religious traditions struggled to arrive at a common
ground, and the spiritual practices that emerged could often be as unique
as the individual who practiced them.
Anglican/Methodist Missions and Schools
Catholic Missions and Schools
Pilgrimage (Kootenay Plains)