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  • In 2008-2009 the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) engaged in a strategic planning process. The Metis Centre undertook a similar process to ensure that it is able to effectively contribute to the fulfillment of NAHO’s renewed vision. Drawing from a variety of sources including a national Think Tank, the Métis Centre Governing Committee, Metis Centre staff, governing member organizations, and other experts and stakeholders the Métis Centre identified a renewed vision This new vision is The Métis Centre develops and shares knowledge to support the health and well being of Métis people
  • To achieve this vision the Metis Centre will Undertake quality collaborative research Foster awareness and understanding of Métis identity Create a Métis logo with a “go-to” image Communicate to achieve reciprocal learning Develop a sustainable Métis Centre
  • As part of the new strategic plan the Metis Centre also developed a set of values and principles that will be used to guide the work done by the Centre The Metis Centre: Believes in social determinants and a holistic approach to health and wellness Respects the diversity of the Métis population Respects Métis protocols and guidelines of ethical research Respects the values of Métis traditional, historical, and contemporary knowledge Respects the voice of Métis people
  • The Metis Centre Values: Collaborative relationships with all Métis people and other stakeholders Supporting capacity enhancement with Métis people and other stakeholders Accessible plain-language knowledge-based products Innovative, community and constituency-driven approaches
  • So who are the Metis Generally speaking Métis are individuals of First Nations and European ancestry who identify as Métis and have been accepted by a Métis community Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act , 1982 recognizesd three distinct Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis
  • Approximately one-third of the Aboriginal population in Canada identifies as being Métis, almost 400,000 people Close to 43 percent of the total Métis population is under the age of 25 Being Métis is not simply a matter of having mixed European and First Nation heritage. Métis are a distinct people with their own culture, language, values and beliefs While Métis are a distinct people, there is a great deal of diversity among the population varying between communities and geographic locations
  • Rather than using the term Traditional knowledge the Métis Centre prefers to use the term historical and contemporary Métis knowledge. The term reflects the fluid nature of knowledge development and the Centre’s belief that all Métis knowledge whether it was developed in the past or today has value and is vital to Métis wellbeing and identity. This knowledge must be respected. We must remember that the knowledge that we develop today is the historical knowledge of tomorrow and we must preserve it now to ensure that future generations are not burdened with the task of recovering it. To this end the Métis Centre has: Worked with Elders to document historical Métis knowledge that resulted in the publication of a book entitled, In the Words of our Ancestors: Métis Health and Healing Published the Métis Cookbook and Guide to Healthy Living (1 st and 2 nd Editions) which has been used by Métis and First Nations Communities across Canada to inform individuals about healthy eating and traditional foods The ISPAYIN: Métis Youth Express Yourself project engaged Métis youth from across Canada and invited them to express what it means to be Metis in contemporary society. The result is a DVD and discussion guide that will be used to empower youth to develop Métis awareness and cultural competency with in their own communities and in mainstream society. As the youth who participated in the project indicated they are not the leaders of tomorrow they are the leaders of today. The DVD is comprised of 3 video clips. The first clip represents the past and highlights a Métis Elder telling a youth about the genius of what is known today as the Métis Nation. This clip symbolizes the importance of the knowledge that is carried by Métis Elders. The 2 nd clip highlights a Métis youth sharing what it means to be Métis in today’s world. The clip reminds us that everyone including youth are teachers and they have important meaningful knowledge to share. The final clip represents the future and highlights a Métis youth sharing the message of resilience with a Métis child by reminding him that maintaining a strong Métis identity is the key to a bright and healthy future.
  • Worked with Métis to produce a DVD and discussion paper documenting traditional and contemporary stories about pregnancy, birthing, and infant care. This is the first time that the maternal child health needs of Metis families has been documented on a large scale I am pleased to show you one of the clips of this video enjoy!!!

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  • 1. The Métis Centre of NAHO
  • 2. Our Vision
    • The Métis Centre develops and shares knowledge to support the health and well being of Métis people
  • 3. To Achieve this Vision The Metis Centre Will:
    • Undertake quality collaborative research
    • Foster awareness and understanding of Métis identity
    • Create a Métis logo with a “go-to” image
    • Communicate to achieve reciprocal learning
    • Develop a sustainable Métis Centre
  • 4. Our Principles The Métis Centre:
    • Believes in social determinants and a holistic approach to health and wellness
    • Respects the diversity of the Métis population
    • Respects Métis protocols and guidelines of ethical research
    • Respects the values of Métis traditional, historical, and contemporary knowledge
    • Respects the voice of Métis people
  • 5. The Métis Centre Values:
    • Collaborative relationships with all Métis people and other stakeholders
    • Supporting capacity enhancement with Métis people and other stakeholders
    • Accessible plain-language knowledge-based products
    • Innovative, community and constituency-driven approaches
  • 6. Who are the Métis?
    • Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act , 1982 recognized three distinct Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis
  • 7.
    • Approximately one-third of the Aboriginal population in Canada identifies as being Métis, almost 400,000 people
    • Close to 43 percent of the total Métis population is under the age of 25
    • Being Métis is not simply a matter of having mixed European and First Nation heritage. Métis are a distinct people with their own culture, language, values and beliefs
    • While Métis are a distinct people, there is a great deal of diversity among the population varying between communities and geographic locations
  • 8. The Preservation and Protection of Métis Knowledge at the Métis Centre
    • In the Words of Our Ancestors: Métis Health and Healing
    • Métis Cookbook and Guide to Healthy Living (1 st and 2 nd Editions)
    • ISPAYIN: Métis Youth Express Yourself DVD and Discussion Guide
    • Healthy Beginnings, Supportive Communities, A Strong Future DVD and discussion paper
  • 9.
    • Healthy Beginnings, Supportive Communities, A Strong Future