Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada
The Métis Nation, the second largest of three Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, traces its descent of mixed ancestry from First Nations and Europeans involved in the fur trade. The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is known as the “historic Métis Nation Homeland,” which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, extending into the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Ontario, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
Library and Archives Canada has a wide variety of archival documents pertaining to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings. This exhibition explores the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in art and photographic collections and the accompanying descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation.
Library and Archives Canada would like to recognize the knowledge and expertise provided by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in the creation of this exhibition.
The exhibition runs from June 27 to October 28, 2017, Centre du patrimoine, 340 Provencher Boulevard, Saint-Boniface, Manitoba.
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