Red River Métis Spirituality Beyond Stereotypes with Dr. Chantal Fiola
Fiola finds that, among the Metis, spirituality exists on a continuum of Indigenous and Christian traditions, and that Metis spirituality includes ceremonies. For some Metis, it is a historical continuation of the relationships their ancestral communities have had with ceremonies since time immemorial, and for others, it is a homecoming—a return to ceremony after some time away.
Fiola employs a Metis-specific and community-centred methodology to gather evidence from archives, priests’ correspondence, oral history, storytelling, and literature. With assistance from six Metis community researchers, Fiola listened to stories and experiences shared by thirty-two Metis from six Manitoba Metis communities that are at the heart of this book. They offer insight into their families’ relationships with land, community, culture, and religion, including factors that inhibit or nurture connection to ceremonies such as sweat lodge, Sundance, and the Midewiwin. Valuable profiles emerge for six historic Red River Metis communities (Duck Bay, Camperville, St Laurent, St François-Xavier, Ste Anne, and Lorette), providing a clearer understanding of identity, culture, and spirituality that uphold Metis Nation sovereignty.
Metis Kitchen Table Teachings is a virtual series dedicated to the transmission of Metis knowledge and culture.
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Heartbeat of a Nation
Metis Women, 250 Years
Aug 20 Nov 20 '21
Tracy Charette Fehr has traced her grandmother’s history all the way back to 1770 until 2020 which marks 250 years. For Heartbeat of a Nation, Fehr has created 250 handmade, smoke fired bowls which represent those years and honour the lives of Métis women.
Saturday, Mar 19 '22
Join us for a lively and thought-provoking conversation around the founding of the province of Manitoba from a Métis perspective, in connection with the new exhibition Kwaata-nihtaawakihk — A Hard Birth, opening March 19.