Metis Connect

Metis Connect is a cross cultural workshop designed by Joe Desjarlais to connect very different people and communities together, fueled by better ideas- radically new ideas for many, rooted in the past, yet deeply reflective of present-day people and place.

Our history shows us that that ideas and attitudes have powerful consequences. They shape the stories we repeat to ourselves as well as our actions. Metis Connect will help people become more intentional with Metis people and their communities and institutions.

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to inspire Canadians and British Columbians and their institutions to change the way they think and act about Metis people. The seminar explores the idea of encounter and how images have functioned in our past, as well as our current encounters with Métis people and communities. The workshop involves a video on Metis culture followed by a live jigging demonstration by our own Silver Tip Swingers and Butter town Jiggers.

•Metis Connect is an educational source that fosters a crossover of ideas.

•Metis Connect is committed to a public conversation that addresses political, social and cultural challenges we face together as we rebuild a country that includes Métis people and their contributions.

In September, Joe and Tim recently co-presented the foundational Metis Connect Seminar in a very successful workshop session at the City of Surrey British Columbia for city employees.

Upcoming presentations by the author include a talk at Trinity Western University School of Education in their inaugural “Indigenous Issues in Education,” course. As well, Joe returns this year once again to speak to TWU students in the Department of Geography, History, and Political and International Studies.

Please email Joe for more information.

Joe Desjarlais – author and facilitator

Joe lives in North Vancouver with his wife and children. A qualified school teacher, Joe has studied at the graduate level in the humanities at Trinity Western University and is currently the Secretary of the British Columbia Métis Federation. He volunteers his time for the betterment of Métis people and communities. Joe conducts talks and seminars in university settings as well as other community forums, and has written articles for various popular and academic publications.

Tim St. Denis – facilitator

Tim St. Denis is a Chiropractic Doctor currently practicing in Delta BC. During his 34 year career he has served on the board of his provincial and national professional associations. In 2001 he was elected to President of the Canadian Chiropractic Association then to Chairman of the Board. In pursuit of his passion for the advancement and promotion of his Metis heritage, Tim is now serves on the Executive of the BC Metis Federation.


The Seminar “Broadened my perception of the relationship between the Metis and Canada and changed my perceptions and misconceptions” City of Surrey Employee.

“Joe Desjarlais’ presentation is a meaningful way for students and teachers to consider how they can begin to recognize how we can work together to overcome the current gap of understanding and support Metis efforts to contribute to society while honouring their own cultural perspective.” Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, Ed. D, Professor Emeritus of Education, Trinity western University

“Joe Desjarlais has written an important work about the Metis people that is well worth considering as we seek a truly just and whole Canadian culture.” Rev Ed Hird, Rector, BSW, MDiv, DMin Candidate

Download the BC Metis Federation – Metis Connect Workshop Manual 2012
BC METIS CONNECT Manual September 15th, 2012 FINAL