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The Michif Language

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Michif is staying alive more in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They speak it more out there because it’s the language that they grew up with and as you come into Alberta, kind of western Saskatchewan and Alberta, most of our people come from close to the reserves. So they speak Cree, direct Cree with the people in the communities up there.

So a lot of our language in Alberta, Northern Alberta anyhow, is Cree language and as you into B.C. (British Columbia), a lot of our people from up north of Slave Lake, High Prairie, Athabasca region and they all worked in the lumber yards and stuff, and when they started developing up in Prince George, and Dawson Creek and those
communities up there, a lot of our Metis moved up there and they took the Cree language along with them over there also so a lot of northern B.C. is also Cree.


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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