Cowichan Museum features Metis

In partnership with the Cowichan Valley Métis Association, the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives presents Otipeyimsowak: We Are Our Own People, an exhibition featuring a history of the Métis people of Canada, and in particular, the Métis of the Cowichan Valley.

The development of the fur trade in west central North America in the 18th century saw a growing mixed-offspring population of First Nations women and European fur traders. These populations established distinct communities separate from both groups. They married among themselves, creating a new Aboriginal group, the Métis, with their own culture, language (Michif), traditions and way of life.

The Cowichan Valley Métis Association and the Cowichan Valley Museum invite you to a celebration of Métis culture and the official opening of this new exhibition on Saturday, June 7th at the Museum in the Duncan Train Station. The official ceremony and blessing will take place at 1:30 p.m. There will be a fiddling and jigging performance, traditional Métis food, and Métis textile and craft demonstrations.

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives is located in the heritage-designated Duncan Train Station, 130 Canada Avenue, Duncan. Please contact curator Kathryn Gagnon at (250) 746-6612 or for more information. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10-4 and Saturday 1-4. Admission is by donation.

— submitted by Kathryn Gagnon

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