Métis Crossing is located about one hour north of Edmonton
and fifteen minutes south of Smoky Lake in Alberta, Canada. The
Métis Crossing is an historical interpretative centre that will
be the premiere centre for Alberta Métis cultural
interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development.
Together with The Heritage Community Foundation, the Métis
Nation of Alberta embarked on a research project that
establishes the historical story behind Métis Crossing. This
research includes an overview of the geography of the Métis
Crossing and its surroundings, the Fur Trade Era, and the
Settlement that took place in and around the Métis Crossing
A major component of this research was the recording and
collecting of oral histories from Métis Elders. A number of
Elders, including Bertha Clarke Jones, Hank Cunningham, and
Homer Poitras shared their stories about their place in the
world as Métis People. The experiences, stories and wisdom of
Métis Elders are crucial for creating understanding of the Métis
experience from a Métis perspective.
Elder Bertha Clarke Jones
The fruits of trapping
Elder Bertha Clarke Jones recalls the wide variety of furs brought home by her trapper father.
A busy time of the year
Elder Bertha Clarke Jones humorously recalls the birth of her younger brother, who arrived on the same night as the farm piglets and calves, and how her father struggled to take care of the entire family. She also discusses the variety of vegetables and berries that grew in the family garden.
Importance of parents and grandparents
Parents and grandparents were the strongest influences for Elder Bertha Clarke Jones.
Staying warm in winter
With her grandmother's warm rabbit robes and homemade goose-down quilts, the family always managed to stay warm, recalls Elder Bertha Clarke Jones.
Elder Homer Poitras
Magic in the air
Elder Homer Poitras recalls the magic in the air during the signing of the National Aboriginal Day Proclamation in June 1996.
Elder Homer Poitras shares his hope for unity among all of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
When it comes to the acceptance and recognition of Métis’ contribution to Canada, times are changing for the better, and children set the perfect example for their elders, says Homer Poitras.
Expert fiddle player Homer Poitras talks about the emotion that comes with playing at the funeral of a respected community member or friend.
An important message
Elder Homer Poitras shares an important message regarding the future of the Métis people in Canada.
A family bond
Shared lifestyles and experiences brought the family together and created a special bond, as recalled by Elder Homer Poitras.
Elder Hank Cunningham
Elder Hank Cunningham shares the philosophy passed down to him by his father.
Everyone stays together
According to Elder Hank Cunningham, the strongest feature of his family was that they stayed together.
Elder Hank Cunningham talks about the importance of maintaining the Métis culture for others to recognize and appreciate.
Stay together, stay strong
The most important thing a family can do is stay together and stay connected, says Elder Hank Cunningham.