List of Métis people

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This is a partial list of Canadians who are of Métis descent.

Prominent Métis[edit]


Louis Riel. c.1884

Artists and writers[edit]

George R. D. Goulet, 2007 (shown carrying the Métis flag) and leading the Grand Entry at the Red River West celebration
  • Sandra Birdsell, daughter of a Métis man and a Russian Mennonite woman; based her award-winning novel Children of the Day in part on her parents' experiences in Manitoba in the 1920s to 1950s
  • Robert Boyer (1948–2004); Métis Cree artist, best known for his politically charged "Blanket Statements" series of paintings[3]
  • Alec Butler[4]
  • Maria Campbell, Métis writer and filmmaker; born in northern Saskatchewan in 1940; brought the struggles of modern-day Métis and Aboriginal people to the public through her breakthrough book, Halfbreed (1973), and the collaborative play, Jessica (1982); captured the sound and song of traditional stories through her work in dialect, Stories of the Road Allowance People (1996)[5]
  • Cherie Dimaline, writer
  • George R. D. Goulet, best-selling Métis author; books include The Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied, The Metis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, and The Métis in British Columbia: From Fur Trade Outposts to Colony
  • Dylan Miner, Métis printmaker, writer and conceptual artist[6]
  • Rick Rivet (born 1949), painter
  • Gregory Scofield, writer, poet, activist and educator
  • Katherena Vermette, writer
  • Christine Welsh, documentary filmmaker and academic

Politicians, activists, lawyers, physicians and judges[edit]

  • Rod Bruinooge, Métis; Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South (Conservative Party of Canada); Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs & Northern Development; Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians from 2005 until the fall of 2008
  • Todd Ducharme, Métis; appointed as a judge in 2004 of the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice
  • Shelly Glover, Métis; Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface (Conservative Party of Canada); Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages
  • Carole James, former British Columbia New Democratic Party leader; of partial Métis ancestry
  • Colleen Klein, wife of former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein; of Métis ancestry
  • Derrick O'Keefe, editor; Canadian anti-war movement leader; of partial Métis ancestry, and has Métis membership
  • Thelma J Chalifoux, Metis; community activist; First Aboriginal Woman appointed to the Senate of Canada, established Michif Cultural and Resource Institute


Sharon Bruneau, a Canadian champion bodybuilder


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Reasonable doubts may be raised about whether either of these events was a rebellion. For example, the actions considered rebellious in 1869 were undertaken by Riel as the leader of a government recognized by Canada as in legitimate control of territory that did not belong to Canada; Canada negotiated the Manitoba Act with this government. After these "rebellions", land speculators and other non-Métis effectively deprived the Métis of land by exploiting a government program for its purchase, with the government perhaps turning a blind eye. The province of Alberta distributed land to Métis in 1938 to correct what it believed to be an inequity, but Saskatchewan and Manitoba have not followed Alberta's lead.
  3. ^ Jacoby-Smith, Jennifer. "The Painterly Life of Bob Boyer." University of Saskatchewan: Green and White. Winter 2005 (retrieved 23 November 2009)
  4. ^ Gloria Kim, "Why be just one sex?" Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine..
  5. ^ Maclean's, September 8, 2005.
  6. ^ "Membership." Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. (retrieved 13 February 2010)