More Metis History Compiled Into A Book And CD

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 13:24



The Gabriel Dumont Institute has published two new resources with the help of Metis community members.


The Archival Resource Guide for Aboriginal Issues was compiled by Metis Nation – Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette.


It is a list of Metis and First Nations primary documents that can be found at the Saskatchewan Archives Board.


Darren Prefontaine with GDI says the list will help any first timers manoeuvre their way through archives, which he says can be daunting.


Prefontaine says the book provides people with context on why things are the way they are, and also helps people find out where they came from.


The second resource is a compilation of songs originally written by Pierriche Falcon, who is well-known for writing “The Battle of Frog Plain”, the first patriotic anthem in Canada.


Prefontaine notes it was written 50 years before Canada’s national anthem.


The songs on the CD are recorded in Michif.


Both resources are available at GDI for $25.00 each.


Prefontaine says eventually they will be in circulation at public libraries in the province’s major urban centres, as well as at Saskatchewan’s universities.