The M¨¦tis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique history, culture, language and territory that includes the waterways of Ontario, surrounds the Great Lakes and spans what was known as the historic Northwest.

The M¨¦tis Nation is comprised of descendants of people born of relations between Indian women and European men. The initial offspring of these unions were of mixed ancestry. The genesis of a new Aboriginal people called the M¨¦tis resulted from the subsequent intermarriage of these mixed ancestry individuals.

Distinct M¨¦tis settlements emerged as an outgrowth of the fur trade, along freighting waterways and watersheds. In Ontario, these settlements were part of larger regional communities, interconnected by the highly mobile lifestyle of the M¨¦tis, the fur trade network, seasonal rounds, extensive kinship connections and a shared collective history and identity.


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Symbols and Traditions


SRB Award


The Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes significant volunteers of the MNO.

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Michif is the name of the language originally spoken widely among M¨¦tis people all across the M¨¦tis homeland.

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M¨¦tis Timeline


The M¨¦tis Historic Timeline outlines dates and events which were significant in the development of the M¨¦tis Nation.

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