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Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel

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Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel were our leaders. They are the ones that worked very hard in the community for Métis rights. Both worked with First Nations because they both married First Nations women.

They carried the culture very, very hard. They didn’t only fight for Métis rights, they also fought for the French because what they wanted was a bilingual country right through. The other thing that they fought for was they worked along with the First Nations groups because they could interpret in Cree. They could interpret in different Aboriginal languages.

So when the treaties were being done, these Métis would interpret what those treaties meant and a lot of times treaties weren’t signed because of what was in there.

So they did a lot of interpreting and making sure that our First Nations brothers and sisters weren’t being cheated at that time.


Lyle's Stories

The following stories are by Lyle Donald.  
1 Metis: Mixed Blood
Lyle defines "Metis" and explains the history behind the name.
2 Gabriel Dumont And Louis Riel
Lyle talks about the two famous Metis leaders.

Origins Of The Sash
Lyle explains where the Metis sash came from.


Story Of The Flag
Lyle talks about the history of the Metis flag.


The Fiddle
Lyle talks about the fiddle's importance to Metis cultural, and how that came to be.


Metis Dancing
Lyle talks about the origins of Metis dance: how it mixed from other cultures to become what it is today.


The Michif Language
Lyle explains about the Michif language: origins and its use today.

8 The Red River Cart
Lyle tells us where the Red River cart came from.


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