Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada

Hiding in Plain Sight: the Métis Nation Exhibition

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The exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada runs from June 27 to October 28, 2017, at the Centre du patrimoine, 340 Provencher Boulevard, Saint-Boniface, Manitoba.

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The Métis Nation

The Métis Nation, the second largest of three Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, traces its descent of mixed ancestry from First Nations and Europeans involved in the fur trade. The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is known as the “historic Métis Nation Homeland,” which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, extending into the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Ontario, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.

About the exhibition

Library and Archives Canada has a wide variety of archival documents pertaining to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings. This exhibition explores the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in art and photographic collections and the accompanying descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation.

Library and Archives Canada would like to recognize the knowledge and expertise provided by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in the creation of this exhibition.

Visit the virtual exhibition: The Métis Nation, Symbols and Terminology, Portraits of known and possible Métis, and Related Themes.

Photo Gallery

A Gentleman Travelling in a Dog Cariole in Hudson’s Bay with an Indian Guide

A Gentleman Travelling in a Dog Cariole in Hudson’s Bay with an Indian Guide
By Peter Rindisbacher, lithograph, 1825
Library and Archives Canada, e002291419

Manitoba Settler’s House and Red River Cart

Manitoba Settler’s House and Red River Cart
By William Hind, oil on academy board, ca. 1862
Library and Archives Canada, c013965

George McPherson and Family

George McPherson and Family
By an unknown artist, albumen print, 1872
Library and Archives Canada, e011156525

Louis Riel

Louis Riel
By William James Topley, ferrotype, ca. 1875
Library and Archives Canada, e011156891

Three York Boats, Swampy Lake, Manitoba

Three York Boats, Swampy Lake, Manitoba
By Robert Bell, albumen print, 1878
Library and Archives Canada, e011156534

Red River Jig

Red River Jig
By W.J. Phillips, woodcut on wove paper, ca. 1931
Library and Archives Canada, e010835251

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