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Metis Awareness Month 2022


November is Metis Awareness Month in SD8! 

We've got a number of exciting plans to celebrate Metis culture. 

Online offerings: (email for links to join) 

Monday November 7 from 8:45 to 9:30am PST

  • Speaker: JD Hawk – Metis Artist
  • Suggested grades: 6 and up
  • Topics: Metis identity and history, Eagle Feather story, Artwork, and the Truth and Reconciliation Keepsake Coin


Monday November 14 from 8:45 to 9:30am PST

Monday November 21 from 8:45 to 9:30am PST

  • Guest: JJ Guy (Musician)
  • Suggested grades: All!

Monday November 28 from 8:45 to 9:30am PST

  • Speaker: Jamie-Lee Keith from the MNBC Youth Role Model program
  • Suggest grades: Grade 6 and up
  • Topics include: Louis Riel Day, Leadership teachings, identity discussions, and sash teachings

November 16th – Louis Riel Day

Typically there is an event in Nelson at City Hall – information will be shared as available

Learn more about this day here.

Classroom Resources:

  • Intro to Jigging, the Métis Dance: Join Cree and Métis knowledge keeper Madelaine McCallum and youth in learning the Métis jigging Basic Step and several Fancy Steps to the music of the Red River Jig. Download the print resource and colouring pages to support your learning!
  • District Shared Resources -our new library is still not set up – limited resources available!
  • Metis Nation BC Website: Information about citizenship, resources, and more!
  • Video from Chris and Don of the West Kootenay Metis
  • Check out our Metis Resource section on the SD8 AB ED website for a list of additional resources.   
  •  Ted Talk on identity and culture 

Book Club:

November 30th 3:15-4:00pm  PST – Teams link to be emailed out to participants

This year we will be reading Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson. We have 40 copies available on a first come first serve basis. This is open to staff, families, and grade 12 students.  To sign up, please complete this form.

Poppy Beading:

Virtual offerings took place for the entire month of October. Please contact Danica for any additional sessions needed for finishing teachings.