Nova Métis Heritage Association will be hosting its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM),
on Sunday, December 3th, 2023, at 1-4pm with 2pm Call to Order.
Any members, associate members, and their families may attend. Only Nova Métis Heritage Association members in good standing may participate in any vote or in-camera meeting or nomination to the Board (membership is by proof of card or certificate).
Join us, to connect with your Métis community
We invite all our Nova Métis members, family, and friends, of any age, to a casual evening to share and enjoy our Métis Heritage and Culture, by getting together with stories, games, food, and whatever you bring to share.
Tuesday, November 28, from 3pm to 8pm (welcome to drop-in anytime)
at Surrey Nature Centre Hall 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 0J2
Our hope is to have one every last† Tuesday of each month, with upcoming save the dates:
December 19, January 23, ...
3-8pm includes some setup and tear-down
Food and beverages will be available
Parking is Free
* Working Title - No Actual Fire ;)
The Métis (pronounced “May-tee”) are one of the recognized distinct Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. During the height of the fur trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, many European fur traders married First Nations women. The eventual establishment of Métis communities outside of these cultures and settlements, as well as the intermarriage between Métis men and Métis women, resulted in a new Aboriginal people—the Métis. The Métis people helped to shape the Canada of today, mainly in terms of the expansion of the West.
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal nation and share a history, culture (song, dance, dress, national symbols, etc.), a unique language (Michif), distinct way of life, and a collective identity. The Métis homeland includes regions scattered across Canada, as well as parts of the northern United States.
Music and dance are very important aspects of Métis culture.
They are famous for their fiddle music and dancing. The origins of Métis jigging lies in the traditional dances of their Irish and Scottish ancestors and was also influenced by tradition First Nations dance; however, it is important to note that Métis Jigging is different.
The traditional music of the Métis was up-tempo and lively, which made it perfect for dancing. Extra and irregular beats were added to give bounce to the music, making the dance a lot faster. The traditions of Métis song and dance have survived over the centuries, and still maintain an important role in their culture.
Traditionally, Métis food included dried meat, pemmican, bannock, berries, wild game and buffalo. The Métis made bannock, which was introduced by the early 18th century fur traders. Bannock is traditionally made from lard, water and flour and was cooked over an open fire. Many Métis people today still enjoy this snack.