Travelling exhibition - Hiding in Plain Sight

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

#MétisNation

About the exhibition

This travelling exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.

The exhibition encourages you to:

  • discover the great variety of archival documents in our collection about the Métis Nation
  • explore the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are "hiding in plain sight"—in art and photographs
  • obtain a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation

Travelling schedule

Dates

Location

Presented by

January 10 to May 3, 2020

Jasper, Alberta

Métis Nation of Alberta and the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives

  • Previous locations

    June 21 to October 27, 2019

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Manitoba Metis Federation and the Manitoba Museum

    April 6 to June 9, 2019

    Pincher Creek, Alberta

    Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

    Métis Nation of Alberta and the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society

    December 15, 2018, to March 17, 2019

    Red Deer, Alberta

    Métis Nation of Alberta and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery

    September 29 to November 25, 2018

    Surrey, British Columbia

    Métis Nation of British Columbia and the Museum of Surrey

    June 2 to August 26, 2018

    Batoche, Saskatchewan

    Batoche National Historic Site

    Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Friends of Batoche Historic Site Inc., and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

    February 3 to May 13, 2018

    Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Public Library, and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

    November 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018

    Edmonton, Alberta

    Métis Nation of Alberta, the Edmonton Public Library and the University of Alberta

    June 27 to October 28, 2017

    Saint-Boniface, Manitoba

    Centre du patrimoine

    Manitoba Metis Federation and the Société historique de Saint-Boniface

Continue exploring

Visit the virtual exhibition:

The Métis Nation

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.

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, circa 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, circa 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, circa 1931
Library and Archives Canada, e010835251
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