Elmer Ghostkeeper is an Elder, Language Carrier, Author and Scholar from Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement in northern Alberta. Elmer grew up closely connected to this land on a mixed […]
The land that is Cypress Hills has been home to Indigenous Peoples for at least 15,000 years. Pleistocene Hunters capitalized on this area as the glaciers retreated. (1) It was […]
After several years of inquiry into the origins and contemporary state of Métis architecture in the Prairie Provinces, a one-day Métis Architecture and Design Symposium was hosted at Laurentian University’s […]
This paper was co-authored by David Fortin, Jason Surkan, and Dani Kastelein. It is published in the book “Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture”, published in 2018 and available for sale […]
Maria Campbell is an Elder, Author, Scholar, Storyteller, Playwright, Broadcaster, and Filmmaker who grew up on the fringes of the boreal forest region of Saskatchewan near Park Valley. She […]
Note: A similar version of this essay was published by SITE magazine in June 2017, titled “Towards an Architecture of Métis Resistence.” In 1986 an award-winning interpretive center opened at […]
On the Fringe: Urban Colonial Planning in Rooster Town, Manitoba Canada has a long history, far longer than our colonial history. Indigenous people have occupied Canada since time immemorial, and […]
Norman Fluery is an Elder, Michif language expert and storyteller from St. Lazare, Manitoba. His work is prolific and diverse in nature. Norman works tirelessly to promote and educate on […]
From May 30th-June 4th, 2016, Jason presented a paper at the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada annual conference in Regina Saskatchewan. The paper, titled “Towards and Architecture of Métis Resistance: The Evolving Tectonic and Spatial Orders of a Saskatchewan Vernacular,” was co-authored by David Fortin, Jason Surkan and Dani Kastelein. The paper focused a method of home construction unique to the Métis families of the St. Laurent district in Saskatchewan. The full text can be found here and the presentation here.
Jules Daignault is a Métis boat builder from Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.