Young Métis Parents and Elders about Parenting

Young Métis Parents and Elders about Parenting

by aanationtalk on August 19, 2015

The newly released report, Sharing their Stories: Narratives of Young Métis Parents and Elders about Parenting, is based on discussions with eighteen Métis parents, aspiring parents and grandparents in British Columbia over the course of 2009 and 2010. This resource documents and analyzes Métis narratives on parenting within the context of their unique historical and contemporary experiences.

Resulting from the research, four overarching themes were identified: culture and identity; parenting and family; health and well-being; and education and learning. Each of these themes point to some of the unmet needs and challenges impacting how Métis parents are able to raise their children in positive and supportive environments.

Culture and identity, including language, connection to the land, arts and crafts, symbols and harvesting activities, to name a few, cut across and influenced the three other themes of the study.

In terms of parenting and family, participants reflected upon childhood experiences, such as family dysfunction, feelings of abandonment, the impacts of loss of culture and identity, family disconnect, abuse, alcoholism, feelings of not being loved, the positive role of extended family, and residential/mission schools. They also shared their aspirations and/or experiences with parenthood.

Within the topic area of health and well-being, participants focused their discussions on holistic health and well-being. This included access to culturally relevant services, the connection between health and culture, the importance of community approaches to health, and prevention and promotion.

Education and learning brought up issues related to formal education as well as the broader concept of learning. Participants highlighted Métis experiences with residential schools, contemporary educational settings, and the importance of lifelong learning.

The report concludes with a number of programming, research and policy recommendations to better support Métis parents, children, and families.

Call for Letters of Interest – Métis Youth Group Employment Training Strategies

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is seeking Letters of Interest from our MNBC Métis Chartered Communities and Métis Youth serving organizations to host culturally relevant employment events for youth between the ages of 15 and 30. The MYGETS events will provide Métis youth with opportunities to cultivate important skills that are valued in the workforce. In particular, these events will:

– Offer programs that support Métis youth in reducing barriers to their participation in the economy through employment and training events.

– Offer cultural programming for the preservation and revitalization of strong Métis identities.

– Provide projects that enable Métis youth to realize their leadership skill and potential.

– Provide the community the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of Métis Youth at a traditional Métis Kitchen Party.

If your community is interested in participating in MYGETS, please complete and submit the Letter of Interest template no later than Friday, September 11, 2015 by 4:30pm PST.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Youth, Colette Trudeau, at


  1. Call for Letter of Interest (PDF)
  2. MYGETS Letter of Interest (PDF)


I attended the annual Vernon and District Metis Association picnic again this year. What a great event with many in attendance. Of course there is always great food, entertainment and activities for young and old. It was a beautiful day for the picnic and if you have not done so please put it on your calendar for next year. Here are some photos. 2015 Gathering 005 2015 Gathering 006 2015 Gathering 007 2015 Gathering 008

Van Dale Family Reunion in Naramata BC

Every five years members of the Van Dale Family hold a reunion here in the South Okanagan. During this event held in Naramata BC many of the clan showed up to show honor to their Metis Heritage. Here are some photos. One of the photos represents the Van Dale Family Tree and all of their individual family names. It was a great day for a reunion and enjoying time together.2015 Gathering 002 2015 Gathering 003 2015 Gathering 004

White Buffalo Job Posting

White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society is a non-profit society providing services since 2003 to the Kamloops community.

We have two positions open for candidates to apply who are passionate about community capacity building to address the important issues of Urban and Rural Domestic Violence and safety planning with communities.

Please circulate.

Jeanie Cardinal, Executive Director

White Buffalo Aboriginal & Metis Health Society

Kamloops, BC

Ph: (250) 554-1176

Fax: (250) 554-1157

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Preview attachment Domestic Violence Community Administration Support Worker.pdf

Domestic Violence Community Administration Support Worker.pdf

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Domestic Violence Community Development Educator 2015.pdf