Today marks the beginning of Métis Week, a time to celebrate the culture, history and contributions of Métis people. This week is formed around Louis Riel Day, which is held every year on November 16th across Canadian Métis homelands. This date marks the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution in 1885, and also serves as a celebration the preservation of Métis culture and heritage.

As we continue to create space for Indigenous ways of knowing on campus, we are offering a Métis culture learning session hosted by Métis graduate and current StMU employee, Alysha Akins, on Wednesday, November 16th in room C111. Additionally, Chelsea Belcourt, a contract faculty member of our English department, has prepared a comprehensive list of Métis literature recommendations.

Lunch and Learn Activity in room C111 on Wednesday, November 16th

Students, staff and faculty are invited and encouraged to join us on Wednesday, November 16th in room C111 from 12:15 – 1:00 pm to learn more about the history, culture and contributions of Métis people.

 Bring your own lunch and grab a seat to learn more about:

·       The new MNA Constitution

·       The significance of Louis Riel Day

·       Resources available to Métis students

·       Métis literature

Métis literature recommendations


A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont

River Woman by Katherena Vermette

Whitemud Walking by Matthew James Weigel

nedi nezu by Tenille K. Campbell

Louis: The Heretic Poems by Gregory Scofield


Halfbreed by Maria Campbell 

Thunder Through my Veins by Gregory Scofield

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Issues by Chelsea Vowel

Fiction Novels:

The Break by Katherena Vermette

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Buffalo is the new Buffalo by Chelsea Vowel

Graphic Novels:

A Girl Called Echo Series by Katherena Vermette

Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong