Metis Kitchen Table Teachings: Two-Spirit Michif Local Knowledge Sharing Panel

The Two-Spirit Michif Local serves Manitoba Metis citizens who identify as two-spirit (2S), lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and/or non-binary. Locals are the grassroots part of the Manitoba Metis Federation’s governance structure. Two-Spirit Michif Local members Lucy Fowler, Cory Vitt, Dorian Jensen and Chair Nicki Ferland discuss what it means to be Two-Spirit in Canada today, and exchange views on contemporary issues facing the Metis community from a queer lens.

In Metis families, the kitchen table is where meetings, gatherings, sharing, and celebrations happen. Important, revolutionary discussions take place at the kitchen table.

It is common for Metis families to gather at the kitchen table and play the music, often the fiddle, guitar, and if you’re lucky – spoons! Families, neighbours and communities drink tea and laugh at the kitchen table and it is a safe sharing space and site for knowledge keepers to tell stories. The kitchen table is the traditional and historical space for the intergenerational transmission of Metis culture. The kitchen table is at the centre and heart of the home, as families are at the heart of Metis culture.

 

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Make sure to visit the WAG to see these important exhibitions by Metis artists Rosalie Favell: Family Legacy & Tracy Charette Fehr Heartbeat of a Nation: Metis Women 250 Years

Metis Kitchen Table Teachings is a virtual series dedicated to the transmission of Metis knowledge and culture.

This panel was recorded on July 9, 2021, the recording begins about 10 minutes into the program, we apologize for the technical errors. Stay tuned for upcoming Metis Kitchen Table Teachings!

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