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Métis Studies: Culture & Identity

Métis Cultural Resources at Xwi7xwa Library

Culture & Identity

Cultural Symbols

Métis Flag

The Métis flag is either red or blue and has a white infinity symbol, which was initially used prior to 1816's Battle of Seven Oaks by resistance fighters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metis Blue.svg, originally uploaded by Lexicon at en.wikipedia [Public Domain]

Metis Red.svg, originally uploaded by Enjoyhats at en.wikipedia [Public Domain]

 

Métis Sash

The sash is a distinctive part of Métis culture and ceremonies.
"Meaning of its Colors:
» Red - Is for the blood of the Métis that was shed through the years while fighting for our rights.
» Blue - Is for the depth of our spirits.
» Green - Is for the fertility of a great nation.
» White - Is for our connection to the earth and our creator.
» Yellow - Is for the prospect of prosperity.
» Black - Is for the dark period of the suppression and dispossession of Métis land"

From "Order of the Sash" by Métis Nation BC

Photo courtesy of Chris Corrigan (Creative Commons Licence)


Cultural Events

Riel's Legacy

This statue of Louis Riel, by artist Miguel Joyal, stands outside the legislative buildings in Winnipeg. Since 2008, Manitoba has celebrated Louis Riel Day on the third Monday of February. Many still consider Riel to be the "Father of Manitoba".

Photo by Stephen Zacharias (Creative Commons 2.0 Licence)