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By Andrea DesRoches
Brock University student Lynh Doan creates a beautiful piece of flower beadwork on
her first try.
On Thursday, January 26, a number of Brock University students took part in a traditional M¨¦tis beading workshop, held on campus in St Catharines, Ontario. The workshop was sponsored by the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario¡¯s (MNO) Infinite Reach program and co-hosted by Brock¡¯s Aboriginal Student Services. Beading is a traditional art form of the M¨¦tis, and the tradition continues to this day.
Barbaranne Wright, the Women¡¯s Representative for the MNO Niagara Region M¨¦tis Council, volunteered her time to come to campus to teach students this craft. A total of nine students took part in the event, including two M¨¦tis students. All participants started a flower design project, and received a full kit with all the necessary supplies to finish two designs. Students could sew the finished product onto clothing or another accessory, or frame it to be used as a wall decoration.
During the workshop, Barbaranne shared with participants the history and cultural importance of beadwork for the M¨¦tis people. Beading has always been an important component of traditional M¨¦tis culture, first taught to M¨¦tis girls by Christian nuns in mission schools. M¨¦tis women went on to produce beaded items for their voyageur husbands to trade with First Nation partners in the fur trade. Historically, the M¨¦tis were referred to as ¡°The Flower Beadwork People¡± because of the popularity of their exquisite beading, and flowers are one of the most common designs. Today, beading is worn proudly by many M¨¦tis, including our leaders across the province and country as a symbol of our history.
Barbaranne also talked about the history of the M¨¦tis sash and the M¨¦tis flag, two traditional symbols of the M¨¦tis people. She even told the history behind the lives of her own M¨¦tis ancestors from all parts of North America.
For almost all of the students, this was their first exposure to any type of beading craft, but everyone did an amazing job and took home some beautiful projects. All of the participants enjoyed the workshop and the full day of stories, laughter, sharing, and fun!
The event was sponsored by the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario as part of its Infinite Reach program. The Infinite Reach Student Solidarity Network is a new initiative of the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario to help to create a community of M¨¦tis learners in Ontario¡¯s post-secondary institutions. Workshops like this one aim to provide culturally-specific events to raise awareness of the M¨¦tis people.See ALL news articles