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Community-Based Researcher uncovers documented Metis Organizations and Meeting Summaries

Community-Based Researcher, Karen Prouse (Fort St. John – Fort Nelson Community) has been digging through her piles of resource material, shown in the photo below, and studying these materials to find examples of documented Metis history.

In her work as a CBR, she spends a lot of her time reading, scanning, and documenting these findings for the BCMF archive that is being developed. Her role also includes conducting oral history interviews with members of her community and learning about families that live in her community, their histories, traditional activities and family trees.

Recently, while reading The First Metis: A New Nation, Karen came across the following passage discussing a community meeting:

Karen commented, “I thought this was interesting that there was organized Metis organization and the comments by Sam Cunningham – stating that the half breeds have been used by the government and the Hudson’s Bay Company as peacemakers between white and Indians in intertribal wars. The police, with the half breeds, help make it possible for a peaceful settlement.”


If you are located in the Fort Nelson area and would like to share your family’s history with Karen, please email k.prouse@bcmetis.com. If you are located elsewhere in BC and would like to participate in our research, please visit our team page to find your local Community-Based Researcher or contact our Director of Research, Joe Desjarlais at j.desjarlais@bcmetis.com.

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