New exhibit at Fort Langley to focus on Metis culture

There is an online component that you can check out now.

A new exhibit exploring and celebrating Métis’ history in BC is coming to Fort Langley.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and Parks Canada are collaborating on the exhibition, which is coming to the popular tourist destination and National Historic Site this summer as a way to promote people’s understanding of Métis culture. Métis has been active in BC. since the 18th century.

“Unfortunately, the loss of indigenous culture is widespread throughout the world today. It is important that we pay tribute to our culture and continue to educate people about the richness of who we are as Métis people,” said Patrick Harriott, MNBC’s Minister for culture, heritage and language in a press release. “Not only in Canada, but now with the power of social media and the Internet, we can also share it with the world.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a video series and virtual exhibition that is online with insight into Méti’s music, dance, crafts, pearl work and other cultural aspects.

At Fort Langley, it will include a series of kiosks designed and built by local Métis artists Lisa Sheperd and Patrick Calihou. It is expected to open this summer; at present there is no closing date.

Fort Langley will also soon see new art and heritage site with the creation of Salishan Place by the river, which will focus on local indigenous culture.

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