Metis Learning Day

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Advisory, Indigenous, News, Outreach

On February 12 the University of Manitoba will host its second annual Metis Learning Day to discuss Metis issues. This year’s theme is Otipemiswiwak: The People Who Own Themselves.


The Metis are one of the three Indigenous peoples recognized in the Canadian Constitution, but many Canadians are misinformed about a people whose culture and history merge diverse linguistic, political and artistic traditions.

This free and public learning day will enlighten people about the Metis. Featured presentations include:

  • Christi Belcourt, a well-known Metis artist will deliver a lecture titled, Contemporary Metis Art as a Healing Practice.
  • U of M Associate Professor Sherry Farrell Racette will present two lectures: The Flower Beadwork People: Metis Art and Clothing; and Metis History for Dummies: the Crash Course.

Metis Learning Day is sponsored by the University of Manitoba’s Executive Lead for Indigenous Achievement, Office of the President and the U of M’s Department of Native Studies.

What: Second Annual Metis Learning Day, a free, public event
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Killarney Room, 210 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

This Metis Learning Day is part of a larger series that began last year. The University of Manitoba hosts it and a First Nation, and Inuit Learning Day as part of its Pathways to Indigenous Achievement framework.  The Learning Day series also supports the commitment of David Barnard, University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor, to acknowledge and affirm Aboriginal voices within the fabric of the university.

For more information please contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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