archeryMétis traditional knowledge holder Jim Tolles assists Arlo
Gray Jibb during the MNO CRMC Archery Workshop.
Submitted by Andrea Jibb, Community Outreach Coordinator with the MNO Credit River Métis Council

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Credit River Métis Council (CRMC) hosted an Archery 101 workshop at the home of Senator Bill Morrison in Caledon, Ontario.

Facilitated by traditional Métis knowledge holder Jim Tolles, participants learned about the different types of bows, from longbows to crossbows, and gained hands-on experience with shooting.

Bows and arrows are a hunting tool used by many Indigenous Peoples including the Métis, for whom archery was a way of life.

Tolles, a seasoned harvester, assisted participants of all ages, some as young as four years old, to shoot at a variety of targets. He shares: “Harvesting is a big part of our heritage whether it’s hunting, fishing, trapping or gathering plants. It’s in our heart and in our blood. We all need to do our part in keeping our heritage alive. Get outside, go for a walk. The bush has healing powers for your mind, body and soul. Learn something new and try something new every day. Life’s all about learning and sharing!”

Following the workshop, participants enjoyed a barbecue that included two traditional foods: fresh rainbow trout and corn on the cob. Participants had also been asked to bring a non-perishable food item suitable for donation to the Food Bank.

The Archery 101 workshop is one of many public events hosted by the Council with the help of a Trillium grant to promote Métis culture and way of life.