In this recorded workshop, Donna Grayer shares her own personal journey as she recognizes the importance of understanding Métis history in order to discover her roots as a Métis woman and how she came to her conclusions from that journey. She shares how she received those history lessons as well how she became a part of the Métis community. Donna speaks to how declaring a Métis distinction does not make one an expert on all things Métis and that there are difficult conversations surrounding Métis identity that need to be had. She also shares how appropriation/consultation that is happening across Turtle Island in Universities are a detriment to the ongoing Métis identity that goes beyond ticking a box. Donna explains how the distinction of her own journey has taught her how to interpret them so that she better understands being Métis and what it means to protect that identity. A part of her journey involves defining who is Métis, as she had to overcome her own confusion between the terms, “mixed blood and Métis”. This led her to recognizing how valuable the respect that is attached with identity. Donna shares her own collection of historical documents, timelines, and resources that she used to bring her the understanding she now has about being Métis/Michif.
This workshop was presented on April 16, 2021 by the CTL in partnership with the Aboriginal Education Centre. To watch it, please visit the CTL Streams Channel.
Note: You must have a UWin Id to watch the video. Anyone who is not affiliated with the University of Windsor will not be able to watch the video.