The Métis 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 Métis 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 Métis resulted from the subsequent intermarriage of these mixed ancestry individuals.

Distinct Métis 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 Métis, 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 Métis people all across the Métis homeland.

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Métis Timeline


The Métis Historic Timeline outlines dates and events which were significant in the development of the Métis Nation.

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