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The Métis in Western Canada: O-Tee-Paym-Soo-Wuk

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Historic Communities

The Métis presence in Alberta can be traced through the histories of many communities across the Province. In many cases, European settlement due to the fur trade led to close contact with the Aboriginal people who lived in the area. Traders took Aboriginal women as wives, and their children were the forefathers and mothers of the Métis.

In some cases, the children born of such Aboriginal and European unions did not identify themselves as culturally distinct from either the Aboriginal or the European communities they were part of. In other communities, however, the children saw themselves as neither European nor Aboriginal, but as Métis, and to this day, such communities bear the mark of Métis culture and tradition. 

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Liens Rapides

Fort Chipewyan and Fort Vermilion

Fort Edmonton and Fort Augustus

Fort George and Buckingham House

Victoria Settlement



St. Albert

Jasper House

Lesser Slave Lake

Buffalo Lake and Tail Creek

Red Deer Forks

South Branch Communities

St. Paul de Métis

Lac La Biche

Lac Ste. Anne

Whitefish Lake

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