If you need immediate help, please call the Metis Crisis Line at 1-833-METIS-BC (1-833-638-4722) or 811 Health Line
The Coronavirus pandemic has put the world on a new track, and the new social norms required to slow the spread of the virus are putting strains on our daily lives.
First, we can offer a curated list of some useful links, please check our Nova Metis Compiled Reference for COVID-19.
Nova Metis Heritage Association will be giving out multipurpose hand sanitizer and gloves to our community members.
We will be on-site at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex parking lot (south side)
UPDATE: New Date: on Tuesday, June 2, between 2 and 5pm
Look for our Nova Metis sign or blue Metis flag.
Please bring your own container or bottle -- 500ml recommended -- and we will fill it for you with multipurpose hand sanitizer.
At our discretion, special arrangements may be made depending on your situation, so please let us know.
You will be asked to show Nova Metis membership.
The Métis flag represents the merging of two cultures, and symbolizes the creation of a new society with roots in both First Nations and European traditions. The Métis have two flags; both flags have the same design, an infinity symbol, but are either red or blue.
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.
The Sash is a finger woven belt made of wool approximately three meters long. Traditionally it was tied at the waist to hold a coat closed. The sash was used for both decorative and practical purposes. It could be used as a rope, the fringes could be used as thread to repair items, a first aid kit, and a wash-cloth just to name a few. Today it is a symbol of nationhood and cultural distinction and it is still an important part of traditional Métis dress.